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When's calving starting 2022

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  • 03-01-2022 10:03am
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    Registered Users Posts: 29,393 ✭✭✭✭


    Had a fr heifer calf born this morning in cubicle shed. Cow due 15th January. I served a few in early April as I was penalised for not supplying enough milk last January. A sexed mo salah calf. All good. Best of luck for calving 2022



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  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭Easten


    I have springers calving these days, 11 on the ground so far, 4 left to go. All in-calf to Salers and haven't had to intervene at any stage from caving to sucking. Space for them all Calving is tight enough even though I made another 2 calving pens last year.

    Cows not due to start calving until the end of Feb.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,275 ✭✭✭Dunedin


    Kicked off on New Year’s Day with a set of twins which I wasn’t expecting. All is well though. Be the end of this week before it all rightly kicks off.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,105 ✭✭✭davidk1394


    I won't be expecting anything until the end of the month. I'll be settling up calf pens and calving pens next week. Making up two new calving pens as the one last year worked but wasn't ideal



  • Registered Users Posts: 830 ✭✭✭Sugarbowl


    A LM ZGM heifer calf for me on New Years Day. First time using him. Lovely calf.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,831 ✭✭✭squinn2912


    a lim bull calf for us. She’s out on her own was carrying twins and lost them so put her back in calf so all good. Be a couple of weeks now I think



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,056 ✭✭✭Who2


    14 calved, 3 sections two of them were coming backwards but calves are coming very big this year out of my own bull. I’ve 2 heifers left to calve but 1 of them is to Marco so I can sleep comfortably.

    the 3 sections were all over 80kg biggest topped 100kg. I’ve them on 1/3 hay 2/3 silage and they are being restricted even more now. I’ll have another two or three this month and full swing for February and March.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,988 ✭✭✭Hard Knocks


    We’d an issue last year due to good quality silage, vet recommended reducing silage that springers have enough to keep them going but have bare concrete for a few hours



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,988 ✭✭✭Hard Knocks


    LM bull calf off ABI today, next in February



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,969 ✭✭✭SuperTortoise


    Ye will all be finished by the time i start calving!

    I'll see ye all in about 3 months time!



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,393 ✭✭✭✭whelan2


    How are the cows and calves after the sections?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,244 ✭✭✭tanko


    Great comfort at calving time with Gamin, he’s a super bull.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,056 ✭✭✭Who2


    I was feeding 1 feed rest pushed in the next morning. I’ve gone to one feed, rest pushed in the next evening now, then feed the next day now. And not feeding until next evening again. The cows are in reasonable nick of the three sections they were the thinner of the cows so seemed to be pumping all into the calf.

    the first section all good, the second section had to get her pumped after three days but she’s around nicely the third ended up with a burst vessel because the calf was massive and lying over the wrong way on her. The vet had some craic sorting her out but got it stopped and she seems to be doing fine.

    im lucky I’ve a good vet. The bull was hung up last week. Only three and a half but he is too raw calving and he shook the head at me a few too many times this year.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,056 ✭✭✭Who2


    The calves are all flying it, torture to get them to latch onto the spins with the size of them but once they got going they haven’t looked back.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,179 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey


    Would any of you have problems with crypto with calving at this time?

    You'll have calves though that are able to utilise the grass when turned out.



  • Registered Users Posts: 665 ✭✭✭ABitofsense


    Any pics?

    I've him on 4 of my best cows this year & looking forward to see what he brings. Hoping for heifers.



  • Registered Users Posts: 280 ✭✭golodge


    Have a cow due on the 11th of this month, another due on the 25th. Both calves will be from new bulls, so fingers crossed that everything will be okay.



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 1,880 Mod ✭✭✭✭Albert Johnson


    Do you sell the weanlings or keep through to beef/store? I wouldn't be a fan of early calving myself, between the workload, facilities needed to keep them until turnout, expense and risk of scours ect. It's grand to get them calved and out to grass ASAP but you'll generally see the difference when the autumn comes. That's not as big an issue if you're retaining them as opposed to selling.



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,393 ✭✭✭✭whelan2


    Keep everything clean . Make sure calf has enough biestings . Use rotavec or equivalent



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,831 ✭✭✭squinn2912


    Every year around this time I be thinking about the stragglers in May - nice, mild weather and a massive long day to check them, calving outside on their own. There are drawbacks surely but I dunno how to make my mind up on it. We dont really sell weanlings so there’s little point in very early calving. It allows for keeping on heifers to calve at 27/28 months just



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,969 ✭✭✭SuperTortoise


    Usually sell at 12Months as stores, i tried early calving a few times and it just does'nt suit my setup, turnout here is usually late April/early May so shed space is at a premium.

    When you're calving in March/April there's no price for the weanling at the back end, the only value you have is to keep them on and sell as stores or finish yourself.

    The last year i tried early calving we had a bad spring and turnout was 15th May and the ground was still soft, i was calving cows in pens with sometimes 3 or 4 other calves lying in them and it was just hardship all around, if you could rely on a turnout date you could make it work but here in the west it's an absolute lottery.

    We tend to feed on the weanlings in the first winter and they would generally make up the difference in weight to calves 2-3 months older.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,056 ✭✭✭Who2


    I had crypto twice, a pure torture. I use more bedding now, I’ve better calving facilities with being able to hold calves on straw beds longer before going back into slats with cows, keep the minerals right and a really tight eye on calves with the first sign of an issue getting it dealt with rather than saying he should be grand. I haven’t vaccinated yet, I intended to but didn’t get to do it yet, hopefully get it done on Saturday.

    I had gone away from calving this time of year but I cleared out the autumn calvers and I’d too many late calvers so I’ve a bit of an amalgamation to do. February calving onwards would suit me better but I wouldn’t be able to handle them all in one really tight bunch. I’ve a three acre paddock set up with a good cover to get the early ones going out soon.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,034 ✭✭✭DukeCaboom


    Boy n girl yesterday morning. Up sucking. It's the first time in 20 I'd changed (he retired) from where I bought my bulls so I was a bit nervous. He still only 6.1% but still nice have them popping out.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,747 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe


    First calf of 2022 arrived here this evening. An Elite Lacette (LM5037) bull. Serious front shoulder to him. Reminds me of Ardlea Dan type calves. Probably the smallest cow I have but she calved no bother. My new calving shed worked grand. Even having the crush running along the wall allowed me to check calf with no worry of cow cornering me at back of shed.

    '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: 2,275 ✭✭✭Dunedin


    👍🏼 Safety is the most important thing with sucklers calving. Don’t know how we weren’t all killed years ago.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,244 ✭✭✭tanko


    I remember my vet saying that he hated Ardlea Dan because his calves often had very big shoulders. He hated TVR even more, section city with him.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,747 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe


    I always liked Ardlea Dan. Used him a lot. The nicest purebred bull I had here was by him. No problem calving with him but not for heifers.

    '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: 665 ✭✭✭ABitofsense


    Elite Lacette (LM5037) bull, where did you source these straws Patsy?



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,747 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe


    From Eurogene. He's by Foreman out of an Emerson cow. €16 per straw. He's F94L/Q204X for Myostatin.

    Beef Sires 2019-2020 by EurogeneAiS - Issuu

    '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: 3,988 ✭✭✭Hard Knocks


    He’s a Eurogene bull, Foreman x Emerson, would you try him on heifers?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,831 ✭✭✭squinn2912




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