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2 months 1 week ago #542495 by Ruth

Want some news and then updates, or have you had enough babies already this spring?

My favourite grey heifer is lying flat out, wondering what the hell is going on. I tried to explain. She just looked dolefully at me.

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2 months 1 week ago #542496 by Kilmoon

Yippee....eyelash competition between yours and Sues!

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2 months 1 week ago #542498 by Ruth

Oh. I think I forgot to check the eyelash EBVs on this season's bulls! Bugger.

Watching my little heifer brings to mind the question often asked: how long is labour, when do you intervene?
If I hadn't looked out the window at 7.55am when she was stamping her hind legs and had her tail out, I'd not have known she's in labour now where she's sitting.
I'm sure she is in labour, from her general behaviour, but I think she really is only just starting and the foot stamping was just early contractions. That she's sitting as StikkiBeek described hers, doesn't worry me yet. I checked and there is only thick mucous at her vulva.

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2 months 1 week ago #542499 by Sue

Regular progress updates please!
I'll be checking my photo store for eye lashes!


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2 months 1 week ago #542500 by Ruth

We have a "streamer" which looks solid enough to be the membrane of a burst bag I didn't see as she just stood up. I was busy delivering coffees to some wood turners. Heifer is up the other end of the paddock, straight out the back door with binoculars.

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2 months 1 week ago #542502 by Sue

Excellent progress, especially for a heifer!


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2 months 1 week ago #542504 by Ruth

The sire is SUMMITCREST FOCUS 2U66 . I had a few of them last year to cows and they were mostly pretty small.

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2 months 1 week ago #542505 by Sue

How have they grown?


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2 months 1 week ago #542506 by Sue

Not a bad set of figures, just looked him up, no wonder you chose him for heifers!


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2 months 1 week ago #542507 by LongRidge

The calves that my current bull is making are as large as with any previous bull that we have had, but they are being born very easily. They slide out about 10 to 15 minutes after the tail lifting, with the couple that we have been quick enough to view the event. Hence my belief that 2 hours wait before helping is quite enough.

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2 months 1 week ago #542508 by Ruth

Sue wrote: How have they grown?

263kg 200 days. They're looking pretty good now as yearlings.

The streamer thing was just that very thick mucous. She's taking this as she does everything else, lazily. She got up to eat some grass in a new break, then sat down when some contractions came on and she had been lifting her hind legs about a bit. Now she has wandered up to the end of the paddock and is just standing. I have cancelled an afternoon appointment.

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2 months 1 week ago #542511 by Ruth

Just spotted a bit of pushing. Something might happen soon! Or not. Either way I'll just be worried. It's what I do during calving.

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2 months 1 week ago #542512 by Sue

I'm with you there!


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2 months 1 week ago #542519 by flaxcottage

I agree most people have that nervous excitment when their pets give birth. I have one left to go. Shes a 5 yr old MG cross that i brought in. Shes not far away within the next few days im picking. Good luck Ruth.

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2 months 1 week ago #542521 by Ruth

At about noon I thought, perhaps I'd better investigate. I inserted a hand out in the paddock but she wasn't having enuogh of that. Then I thought perhaps I'd have lunch and then take her in to the yards. 1pm, still nothing, so we walked in. Calf was almost upside-down, head at 8 o'clock, feet up at 2 o'clock, no way they were going to engage appropriately. I tried pulling the calf up, figured there is a trick I don't know, phoned the vet. Vet couldn't come for two hours. Thought I'd better have another go. Got the calf up into the pelvis - I suspect that once it's pulled up a bit a contraction rights it. Decided to let her out to carry on, since the feet and nose were all just there and this is her first. 2.40 I helped a bit to get it out, since she might be a bit tired by now. Bull calf, nice and lively, mother doing everything she should so far although not quite allowing suckling when I left her. I'll go check again after a cuppa.

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