Another Addition

41 gave us a bull calf yesterday afternoon. Another surprise, unassisted calving. He’s a strong bull calf with a big head. Here he is hiding behind mom when we caught him nursing this morning.

BullCalf

The new calf was born yesterday afternoon. He had all kinds of energy last night but we hadn’t seen him latch on and nurse. I went to bed a little concerned but this morning we caught him in the act and we saw his meconium so that’s it. Red calf with a white belly doing everything he is supposed to do. Now we just have to get 41 ready to breed again in August.

We are still sprinting across the pastures trying to cream off the energy. Things are firming up if you know what I mean, but the white calf still hasn’t slicked out.

WhiteHeifer

I don’t think she’s going to make the team. To this point the white calf is the very definition of a poor do-er. I’m going to have to worm her and see if she comes along.

Just Mable (we usually say May-Belle), 111 and 76 remaining to calve. We’re overdue for some heifer calves here…but I would prefer that May give us a bull calf as she’s a Jersey bred to a Shorthorn bull.

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9 thoughts on “Another Addition

    • We locked them in a lot over the weekend late in March with a cup of basic h and 100 gallons of water. It didn’t seem to make a difference. I could do it again but….at some point…

      • Thanks – I do recall your post on Basic H and wondered how your experience went. My Blacksmith attended a horse-deworming clinic at our local Vet clinic. They are promoting a paradigm shift away from NOT deworming every 6-8 wks but get a FEC (Fecal Egg Count) as only about 20-30% of horses have a high worm count and need frequent worming. “Low shedders” only need worming every yr or two yrs – depending on factors like age, but ultimately on the FEC results. ”High Shedders” on the other hand have poor immunity to parasites and subsequently shed large numbers of parasite eggs in their manure. They estimate that 20-30% of the horses in the world are responsible for 80% of the parasite eggs in the environment. It is interesting and I would imagine cattle are similar and it could be that White Calf is a “High Shedder”. http://thalequine.com/parasite-management-in-horses-a-new-paradigm/

        • Right. The horses I have contact with are pets. My cows are less so. Even still I have trouble culling my herd. There is no way I would ask my dad to go through the emotion of culling one of his horses.

          I totally see the point, I just don’t know how to implement it.

  1. A person needs a calf like White Calf to see how the others are doing. No point in spending much effort, if you don’t want to go the chemical route. They either overcome the worm issue or don’t, usually there’s lots of marks in the negative column from birth, and they add up to condition issues like this. Mom picks a bad birthing spot – calf pulls in filth, manure on udder – calf nurses and ingests parasites, etc. We see it as a wormy calf, but really all those little things add up to one big thing. Culling. In a perfect world there would be no calves like White Calf, but we all know how perfect life is.

    • I knew we would have to cull a high percentage of animals to build a herd on 100% forage but holy cow! I am at least partially to blame as I was, apparently, not selective enough when buying but….geez.

    • We like to see the addition. In fact, we try to put eyes on every animal several times/day. But when a brown calf is hiding in waist-high grass…well, it gets hard. Worse when the cow is looking the wrong direction. lol

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