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Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455149
01/09/22 12:39 PM
01/09/22 12:39 PM
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NW Missouri
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As long as the heifer claims the calf you should be OK, it's when they don't claim it that the fun begins. I have hauled calves to basement dip sink, full of hot water to get them warmed up. Then toweled off and into the calf box to get completely dry. I'll then pen the heifer before putting the calf in the pen and rub some calf claim into the calf's coat. I leave them together till I see the calf nurse on it's own before turning out. If I have to I have used a head gate and will put the calf on the teat. I have 12 heifers that start Feb 1 and hope we don't have any blizzards/freezing rain.


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Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455161
01/09/22 12:53 PM
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Raised a lot of them in the middle of winter.

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455168
01/09/22 01:03 PM
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Many ranchers calve in the winter up here, less issues they say with viruses, infections etc.
Snow burn on teats is a concern though for the momma.

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: wytex] #7455178
01/09/22 01:17 PM
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Many have stated what will work best. If you have a barn that will be great. Not for temp but to keep the wind off the calf and the cow. If possible create a nice straw type bed so the calf can make a nest to rest in. It will help hold body heat. The real huge issue is nursing as the colostrum is not only for preventing infection but for providing high energy and protein, which the calf will need to maintain body temp. Many dairy farmers here with outside hutches increase the energy in the calf milk or replacer 10-20 % in the winter. If the heifer will not let the calf nurse that will be an issue. Hope you don't need to hand strip or milk the heifer! May be a good idea if you can catch her to rub some salve on the teats and lower udder to prevent chap etc. If the teats hurt the heifer won't let the calf nurse.

Bryce

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455220
01/09/22 01:49 PM
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Back in the day we would bring a calf in the house to get warmed up etc.Then take it back out to the mother and make sure it started to nurse.

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455258
01/09/22 02:38 PM
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I don't trust heifers because some of them are ate up with stupid. If there is even one wet nasty hole full of open water and mud a heifers chances of calving in it go up astronomically. Try to trap her in a loading shed or at least a place that is dry and then watch her like a hawk I say.


If you don't have OB chains they pay for themselves the first time you use them. Had I known about this sooner I would have had you peen her off and limit her protien the last trisemester but I have seen the bulls you use and hopefully her calf isn't too big


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Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455318
01/09/22 03:31 PM
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Used to have them horn 365 days a week. Don’t see why not. But they were milking cows not beef


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Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455356
01/09/22 04:03 PM
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Another problem is cows tend to bunch up during windy days and inadvertently stompin small calves.

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: KeithC] #7455360
01/09/22 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by KeithC
There's a good chance the calf will make it, especially if you get them in a barn.

I had a Longhorn cow named Praline, that I bred to an Angus bull named Shrek. Praline had her first calf, Blizzard, during a 28 inch snowfall, when the high was in the single digits. I kept Praline back, while my friend James carried the calf to the old milking parlor. Praline followed us a few hundred yards to the barn and turned her head sideways to enter the door. Blizzard did fine and is still around. Praline died last year. There's probably over 60 head that are out of them and their descendants now.

My friend, James, didn't like longhorns at the time. He lost 5 Angus calves in 2 years. After seeing how well Praline and Blizzard did with their calves, almost all of James's cattle have Praline's Longhorn genetics now. When any of the cows calve, all the cattle with Longhorn genetics stay around the delivering mother. None of the pure Angus do. None of the cows with Longhorn genetics, out of Praline, have lost a calf.

Keith


If those longhorns are anything like their pineywood or cracker cousins they're the best possible mama's. Some of old woods cattle dad had were downright dangerous when it came to taking care of younguns.

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: Leftlane] #7455366
01/09/22 04:11 PM
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I have a 40 x 30 bull pen I plan on putting her in about 1/3 of it but I cannot get it ready until Tuesday. I'll put a round bale in there and peel off a bunch for a dry bed section.
Plan on ice water shield tar paper stapled to the BPen walls.
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Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455401
01/09/22 04:49 PM
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It sounds like you are prepared. Do what you can do and allow God to do the rest. Go out there and lay hands on her and pray that God allows the birth to go easy and she accept the calf. Keep her dry and out of wind and watch her as others have said. I will be praying for you and her and the calf as well. I think we forget to pray about the "little" things many times. God is in full control and He has given us the desire to take care of our animals. I know I have learned to thank the Lord for early calves and extremely late calves and every one is a blessing.
Check for signs such as the calf dropping within the heifer and her bag filling and restlessness - it sounds like you already know when you might expect a calf.......take joy that the Lord has blessed you with this ability and provision.

Re: Will a Calf born now make it? [Re: 330-Trapper] #7455413
01/09/22 04:59 PM
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Thanks TreedBlackdog And Everyone else ^^^^
I usually forget to Tell God Thanks afterwords. Asking is easier ...soon as the stress is over I forget...


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