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When's calving starting 2022

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,239 ✭✭✭Dunedin


    Aye. The hay and oats is what I was planning. Hate the thoughts of having to put her on though but needs must.

    limo bull assuming it was the neighbors stock bull.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,375 ✭✭✭High bike


    If he's easy calving should be fine but she needs to be managed



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,213 ✭✭✭✭whelan2


    Often found these one's you're worrying about turn out fine.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,248 ✭✭✭kollegeknight


    I’m bloody still waiting on a he heifer to calf. She was scanned in calf 4-6 weeks the end of sept. She is only putting a bit of a bag on now and is huge. The heifer that was bulled the same time as her has a 5 week old bull calf now. She must have broken again. I’ll give her another week and see what the vet says then.

    she is inside on hay. Wouldn’t take a chance on her outside.



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 1,876 Mod ✭✭✭✭Albert Johnson


    She'll calve when she's ready although if she's only developing a bag now it probably won't be for another while. Granted the scanning date wasn't correct but that won't make her calve any earlier. You're doing the right thing keeping her indoors on hay so all you can do is persevere with that. A small handful of oats daily could also be a help, it should put a bit of extra vigour in both cow and calf without swelling them up with feeding.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 29,213 ✭✭✭✭whelan2


    Bull came out from our cows on 9th September, had a cow calved last Monday. She was to be the last one, but there's one there supposed to have calved a month ago. Bit of springing, not a lot . Whitehead bull was with them. Afraid now as I'm going away Wednesday and don't want them dealing with a monster calving. Vet was out earlier and said definitely in calf, she can feel the bones

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,248 ✭✭✭kollegeknight


    Yeah a fistful of oats. She’s softening a bit but still no major springing. I’ve the vet told be ready for the call.



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,213 ✭✭✭✭whelan2


    Calf standing beside her this morning. Not massive. Glad she's calved



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,309 ✭✭✭Anto_Meath


    Had a cow I like repeat at 9 weeks last September, so decided to put an Angus on her, was thinking shorter gestation. So I but Mam Oh Man (AA4087) on her. 287 days gestation but I am happy with this calf out of her, will be using him again.




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    Excellent figures for an aa for that bull on the icbf



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,309 ✭✭✭Anto_Meath


    Yes Barktastic, I think he will be the go to AA bull, have two calves off him this year, very happy with them for size, caving and vigorous.. Will be using him on a few more now.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,227 ✭✭✭tanko


    That bull carries a copy of the Belgian Blue double muscle gene.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,309 ✭✭✭Anto_Meath


    He does, but he seems easy enough calved for a cow, looking at the two cows that I had him it didn't take a feather out of them.. from unwanted experience this year I have see what a BB calf can't take out of a cow...



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,227 ✭✭✭tanko


    That’s good, it’ll be interesting to see how those calves turn out and compare to your continentals.



  • Registered Users Posts: 948 ✭✭✭tellmeabit


    That's a wrap for 22

    PPS bull at 297 days. Long tall lad. Opposite to one neighbour had earlier this year



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,709 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe


    How does that chain work? Do you use it like a halter?

    'When I was a boy we were serfs, slave minded. Anyone who came along and lifted us out of that belittling, I looked on them as Gods.' - Dan Breen



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,037 ✭✭✭minerleague


    Read somewhere that they found a specific gene in some BB cattle that makes the meat tough to eat



  • Registered Users Posts: 948 ✭✭✭tellmeabit


    I put old dairy chain on them and a strong rope if they aren't progressing like they should. Bucket of nuts and slap on chain when I bring them in. If not moving along Use rope to pull them tight to the hiron.

    Handle away. They can sway but don't really once we start.. otherwise I could be doin laps of shed.

    Having them tied means can do navel etc with out having to look over shoulder just in case

    She calved at 3 am. Pic at 6, made sure he drank. They outside now again.

    Crush outside isn't covered. Only ever delivered one in the crush overt the years.

    Should have the calving gate inside, be easier and safer for all.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,709 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe


    Oh I did it for years here with rope halter tied to cubicles in cubicle shed. Once the head is tied, it's safe enough.

    Had a cow calve here myself today. She was charging at me when I went up the chute on the side of the calving area. Had here in the gate 3 times. First to calve, pulled calf as I had to go away and I didn't want to chance her. Easy enough pull byhand only.

    2nd time to get calf to drink, but he wouldn't drink for me. Waited an hour and tried again. She took some persuasion the 3rd time. Dairy nuts are great.😀 Large enough bull calf by Elite Lacette LM5037.

    'When I was a boy we were serfs, slave minded. Anyone who came along and lifted us out of that belittling, I looked on them as Gods.' - Dan Breen



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,213 ✭✭✭✭whelan2


    Is that a pedigree calf?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,709 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe


    'When I was a boy we were serfs, slave minded. Anyone who came along and lifted us out of that belittling, I looked on them as Gods.' - Dan Breen



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,955 ✭✭✭SuperTortoise


    Still have one left, only starting to bag a bit now, i'm sure she'll go at least another 2 weeks.



  • Registered Users Posts: 948 ✭✭✭tellmeabit


    Ya I'm going to bring her in there to milk her don't know if he has found the pap outside himself. Set him up for the night



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,248 ✭✭✭kollegeknight


    The PBR hereford finally calved- had to call the vet as I thought the calf was too big. He had to massage her bearings while we pulled calf. Didn’t need the Jack but doubtful she would have calved alone. She had a massive Bull calf off the neighbours Matrix shorthorn.


    all good tg.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,527 ✭✭✭Limestone Cowboy


    The one I've being waiting for all year 🙌




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