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How'd calving go?

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 8:43 pm
by Haytrucker
I know every year is different for nearly every outfit. We got by real easy this year except for crooked front legs in one bunch and malpresentations. Calf losses were minimal until half done and that coincided with our twins. Backwards zapped us. A couple things I haven't seen before. Knock wood, only lost one aged calf, and doctored maybe 6.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 8:55 pm
by Haytrucker
I should mention that two of my pet 5 yr olds will be leaving. The one calved at an awkward time and got it killed this year. First time she hasn't been thru the barn... The other must have got mastitis chasing the decoy 4-wheeler when we tagged her calf. We were busy enough we about starved a draft calf... My bad.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:30 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
Oh the joys of calving!

We are getting closer to the end but a little ways to go yet,Doing pretty good.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 6:48 am
by Soapweed
This has been a pretty good calving year. We branded again yesterday, and are mostly done with what are born. We still have
some calves out of real old cows and "selling cows" that are in another bunch, plus about 25 cows that are yet to calve. We leave the bulls out for 90 days, figuring a late calf is better than "no calf." We did have one yearling heifer that got bred while still sucking her mother, but she had a nice calf and seems to be able to raise it.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:15 am
by Big Swede
I'll let you know in a month. Cows started a week ago.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:29 am
by RSL
Struggle here. Started in a snow storm, had another storm about a week later (after 2 nice days). Lost quite a few calves. It was wet and cold and frustrating. I spent a week covered in mud and burned more fuel checking cows over Easter than I used all winter feeding 500 head. a calf had less than 20 minutes to be up and going or it was dead. When the weather smartened up calving has been a 5 minute a day job. We will move things back next year, but bred early last year in order to make it to my brothers wedding.
We did get a bottle calf out of the deal that we saved, but have no idea who the mom is after it spent a day+ in the house. I agree with Soap in a different context. A late calf is better than no calf, and a heck of a lot better than a dead calf.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:43 am
by rancherfred
Just getting started. We are running about 2:1 heifers to bulls. Not such a great deal when I was hoping to keep some bulls out of my AIing.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:53 pm
by Haytrucker
We have heard some neighbors have had sick calves, and still do. Our weather left us alone, except for wind. Didn't bother. RSL, I have fought that battle, and I feel for you. It's a lot easier to barn and splint a calf, than not have enough barn, or labor. We'll get bit hard some year, calving March 1st in corn stalks. Going to pasture now and it rained tonight. My best wishes to every one.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:17 pm
by PPRM
Knocking on wood. Things are going really well. I think one of the best things we did starting about 8 years ago was having the vet check pelvic opening on Heifers. We check cows once a day anymore. I swear sometimes green grass adds a special calving lubricant.

With my life, it kind of has to be that way.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:38 pm
by Faster horses
Cattle DO calve easier on green grass.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:32 am
by LazyWP
This place is just now starting to calve. I always thought I wanted to calve May and June, but these Herefords are fight Mastitis so bad from over milk production, I am not so sure now.

Re: How'd calving go?

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:16 am
by Denny
LazyWP wrote:This place is just now starting to calve. I always thought I wanted to calve May and June, but these Herefords are fight Mastitis so bad from over milk production, I am not so sure now.


Never heard of a Hereford with to much milk that's a new one for me ha ha. Just kidding we went to later calveing and that's the one thing it does sorts the poor udders.