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Calving time

Jan 10, 2021 | 21:32 1 Had this calf this morning, had noticed the cow getting close so had put her in and weather was pleasant so all around good deal, just not supposed to start calving till the last half of March. Do recall having a bit of a pen mix up at calving time but the point of the story is I looked her up and she calved on March 20th last year, which by the calendar would have her bred back 13 days later, give or take. I know mares breed well on there foal heat soon after foaling but this is surprisingly quick for a cow.

Just wish they would breed back like that when you are trying to back them up. Reply With Quote

  • Jan 10, 2021 | 22:12 2 Usually there is a sub-fertile heat around 30 days post-calving. To move a cow ahead 70 days without hormone intervention is pretty cool. Maybe keep the bulls a little further away from the calving pasture? Reply With Quote
    Jan 11, 2021 | 00:33 3
    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCents View Post
    Usually there is a sub-fertile heat around 30 days post-calving. To move a cow ahead 70 days without hormone intervention is pretty cool. Maybe keep the bulls a little further away from the calving pasture?
    Ya I'm amazed too. We had some nasty weather for calving last year and had everyone penned up a little too tight. Hoping to be able to move the bulls to another yard for spring if I can get my ducks in a row. What my management skills lack, makes for more interesting days on the farm! Reply With Quote

  • Blaithin's Avatar Jan 11, 2021 | 13:26 4 At least it's easier to push her back to get in line with the rest of the herd than try and bring her forward (When you want it to happen it doesn't nearly so easily!) Reply With Quote

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    Mar 17, 2021 | 16:43 5 By the calendar should start calving this weekend but had 4 cows calve yesterday and today. 3 out of the 4 cows had twins. Did lose both of one set so not all rosy stories but pretty amazed to have 3 sets in a row, usually only get 2 or 3 sets in a season. Reply With Quote
    Blaithin's Avatar Mar 17, 2021 | 18:45 6 Twins come early. Be ready for a second flush at the second cycle. Also know of a guy who figured one calf in heifer/heifer sets would almost always twin as well. He had a system to figure out which one and could expand his herd in a hurry just because so many twinned!

    I always want my nurse cows to have twins so I don’t have to buy so many fosters.... hasn’t happened yet 😂 Reply With Quote
    Mar 23, 2021 | 15:15 7 While we’re dreaming............

    I would like my calves to come out guaranteed to suck, tagged, vaccinated, and banded................ hasn’t happened yet either😉 Reply With Quote
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  • Apr 4, 2021 | 07:40 8 Got the first 4 down now - all heifers.

    Last year 2/3 of the crop was bull calves. It's gonna have to change quickly to even out since we have only a handful of cows.

    I said to my wife, oh well, look at the money we're saving on bands... Reply With Quote

  • Apr 5, 2021 | 09:59 9 Most years heifers to steers is close to even with steers a bit over. This season so far at 50% done probably 55% steers. Imagine by the end there’ll be 2/3 steers. Heifers come first around here. Who knows. I said that about twins but had first 2 sets of twins other day. In fact a late calving heifer a set. Anyone need an extra calf? She’s caring well for one at least but abandoned the other. If it was a cow I’d try to keep them together but a heifer is best to have just one. Reply With Quote
    Apr 5, 2021 | 17:45 10 My understanding is heifers have shorter gestation thus earlier and lighter.
    Not unusual to see twins 2 weeks early.
    One year when I had mostly Simi we had 7 sets of twins from the first 10 cows.
    Never looked forward to having twins after that.
    I think Oz has an epd for gestation in days for some AI bulls. Helps when selecting for calving ez. Reply With Quote
    Blaithin's Avatar Apr 6, 2021 | 12:29 11 I always thought it was a bit opposite of that. Heifers tend to be a bit smaller/lighter so they’re done cooking sooner.

    Either way, same idea though.

    I do need a calf actually, WiltonRanch, but I don’t think you’re conveniently close to me. Darn 😂 Reply With Quote
    Apr 10, 2021 | 22:11 12
    First one of the year here. Hauled the bred heifers home today and the cows will be walked home tomorrow. Always get one as reminder to get on with things and bring them home.
    Very impressed with how the bred heifers turned out. Probably the nicest and mellowest bunch we’ve had.

    Wind has been strong all day with three inches of wet snow tonight. Hopefully nobody else pops out till the sun returns late tomorrow. 🍀 Reply With Quote
    Apr 10, 2021 | 22:37 13 Nice looking bunch. Front pasture worthy.
    They don't look like they will be worried about getting fed. Reply With Quote
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  • Apr 12, 2021 | 08:55 14 They did really good on the corn grazing........... maybe a touch too good.😉

    First calf out of the heifers arrived on his own yesterday and all was good except to break the wax on the teats. Hopefully the rest go smoothly too. Just getting them used to getting checked with the quad. Lack of sleep to kick in shortly. At least there’s no mud unlike the last quite a few years..........🍀 Reply With Quote
    Apr 12, 2021 | 17:42 15 I always tried to get them as fat as possible with the feed resources I had but rarely apologized for getting them too fat.
    Great to have that reserve on their back for when you need it.
    To a cattle guy fat is the prettiest color? Reply With Quote
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  • Apr 17, 2021 | 09:51 16 I have a heifer that was supposed to be on her first calf this year G101 ...for whatever reason she had her first calf on May 30 2020 at 15 months of age and just had her second on April 12 2021. She had to have been bred the first time at like 4 months of age and hit on her first cycle after her first calf to back her up a month and a half...


    BTW , woodland....deeelicious looking pictures!!!!! Reply With Quote
    Apr 18, 2021 | 22:04 17 Bucket........... what breed was this heifer of yours? I imagine an exotic......... Our blacks have only gotten calves bred on years where we moved the calving back a month or so. The last time it happened we had three bred calves and they all turned out fine. I think they became some of the best cows we had as they got slightly stunted but still had the full size genetics in them. Always like seeing a little 1100 lb cow leading a 600 lb calf home in the fall.

    BTW Bucket .............. I don’t know what a “normal” critter of ours tastes like.😉 We only eat the ones we would have to give away at a sale like broken leg, cripple, prolapse, bug eye, etc...... Running low on hamburger and there’s a lame bull that’s been testing my patience lately................ mmmmmm meatballs 😎 Reply With Quote