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« Reply #45 on: Aug 4th, 2009, 5:37pm »

Yes, the grey horses are turning into sleepy plods!
Tomorrow brenda is coming and have a liberty lesson , should be interesting. I d already discovered what he thought of a whip [ something to eat or stamp on ] , but what brenda told me confirmed that he hates whips . However , once I allowed him to do his worst [ and no harm to the old carrot stick!] he is bored of it and ok about the whole thing.

Mouse and Minnie and calf and Ant and Dec are out in the field .Minnies calf managing ok this time , and not wandering off into nettles etc . Ant and Dec are too young to see Rocky , so this mini herd will hopefully bond nicely. Mouse still looks for her calf and tessa was very upset when she heard today what had happened [ as she d looked after things while we were at Nancys] As neither farm has rung about a calf , and Mouses bag isnt too bad , we will probably give her the year off.
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« Reply #46 on: Aug 6th, 2009, 11:01am »

How did her liberty goes? I bet she was blown away by the experience. How very interesting that once the horse had stamped on the whip he was unfazed by it....

It must be nice (and a relief) to see the mini-herd out in the field with the others so the calf can play and enjoy the sun on its back. Poor Mouse - hopefully rejoining the others will help her get over it sad
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« Reply #47 on: Aug 6th, 2009, 1:51pm »

What sad and tragic news about Mouse's calf - I was very upset to read she hadn't made it after another hip dislocation - and after she seemed to be doing so well too. I guess that's part of life with cattle and you just have to get on with it - she had the very best care and I suppose it just wasn't to be. It's a pity a calf couldn't be found for Mouse but I'm sure she'll be quite happy to 'nanny' her sister Bridget and living in a small 'girls only' mini group should bring some calm and relief for her. Did Minnie look for the calf too or was she quite accepting? I guess still having her own calf, it wasn't such a problem for her, although she did allow Mouse's calf to suckle her (I saw that with my own eyes!) as well as her own. Pleased that Bridget is more adjusted to field life and with Ant & Dec - the little herd should be able to enjoy what is left of the summer.
I'll ask about the liberty on the other topic!
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« Reply #48 on: Aug 16th, 2009, 10:48am »

Moved the cows today - Mouse , Minnie and little Bridget are back with the herd - Rocky pleased to see them! bridget loved meeting the other calves , and played for ages. We brought he next calvers in - 1 heifer [Shakira] and 1 old cow that only has 1 1/2 quarters left , and they are close to the floor , so each calf over the last few years need showing exactly where the milk is! The 2 of them arent very close , so will be very bored waiting
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« Reply #49 on: Aug 17th, 2009, 8:54pm »

How lovely for bridget to meet the other calves and play around - when we have calves in our field I find I can spend ages watching them racing around - who says lambs have the monopoly on gambolling?!
How long before the next calves are due? Is Shakira (huh?) a first timer or does she know the ropes?
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« Reply #50 on: Aug 19th, 2009, 12:04pm »

Good to hear that Bridget now has other calves to gambol with! and that Minnie & Mouse are back with the herd. Rocky will be pleased having had an increase in his hareem!
Was it Shakira that 'fostered' one of the other calves as its own Mum wasn't so great at being maternal? I guess you're taking no chances with these next 2 calvings - especially after all the dramas earlier in the year! Better to have them in early so that you can be on hand. I hope everything goes smoothly for these 2. Are Ant & Dec doing ok on their own? When do you start moving the older calves on?
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« Reply #51 on: Aug 22nd, 2009, 5:52pm »

Shakira [ came with Beyonce and Rhianna! I thought of destinys child , but had to use other female singers name s as I only knew beyonces from the group. I think Shakira has disappeared , dont hear her songs , but of course the other 2 are megastars!] is a heifer so an unknown quantity. She is the last of the heifers to calve , and rather big and fat ! She could calve any time in next couple of weeks. She and the other 'insiders' are bored with not having grass to eat , but we re taking no chances!At least we have the new straw now , having used every big bale we had. Some of the bales are a bit hot , and therefore already getting a bit mouldy. I guess the Turnbulls baled it as soon as , and the straw wasnt as dry as it should have been.
Now that the fencing man has made safe a lot of the ropey fences I am starting to think I might get some sheep -- Zwartbles [ pronounced zwarbls and meaning black with white bits] would be my preferred breed - just love their white blazes , and they remind me of Holland , where we first saw them. From near extinction in Holland in the 1970s to a huge following there and here , a real success story. But we ll get hose cows calved first ....
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« Reply #52 on: Aug 24th, 2009, 3:21pm »

I hope Shakira and the older cow have easy calvings for you! I'm not surprised you're taking no chances!
I was telling my uncle, a retired butcher, about your B blue x jersey cattle and he was most surprised by the breeding, not one he had come across before. He asked if they are by a jersey bull out of a B Blue cow? He thought the little jersey cows may have problems calving a large B blue calf!
So you are eying up sheep now eh Judith? A sheep blog perhaps? They are superb escape artists! Rare breeds are most interesting - I like Jacob sheep. We now have 3 goats on our yard and the owner has given up all attempts at containing them - just free range, including the roof of the hay shed! Sheep instead of a coloured cob or as well as? hum!
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« Reply #53 on: Aug 26th, 2009, 08:57am »

One calf born this morning - I looked out at 4 am , nothing doing , but at 1/2 7 she was born and up. Her mum has the lowest bag imaginable , so we have to always put calves on her , but today mum [ Curlycue] decided she didnt like us , and headbutted C on his chin ! Not quite a knockout blow , just a cut that wont stop bleeding!
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« Reply #54 on: Aug 26th, 2009, 10:59am »

Oh dear - you and Charlie seem destined not to have straight forward calvings - not the actual birth or the calf this time but non the less a head butt on the chin sounds painful! Curleycue being a bit temperamental - she obviously thought any assistance was unecessary! huh I do hope Charlie is ok and the cut does clot finally. Hope Mum & baby are doing well though!
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« Reply #55 on: Aug 26th, 2009, 11:13am »

Poor Charlie's chin sad - did he head butt her back? Heifer or bull? Good shape? Are you pleased with it - not with Curlycue obviously, but hopefully the calf is a good 'un and will make up for mum's attitude!
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« Reply #56 on: Aug 27th, 2009, 11:25am »

Calf and mum doing well, Charlie s chin ok! To keep Curly happy [ and not attacking us ] we d given her a lot of cowcake yest .....she has the runs today!This is her 13th calf. Her fourth since she had mastitis and lost 2 quarters , in fact we had to sell her 10th calf as she had no milk at all that year![ Calf was accepted onto neighbours suckler cow at 1 day old - luckily]
Shakira looks fed up , bag bursting, hot in this weather,hopefully she will drop the calf soon.
Vanessa, the cows are out of a Jersey , by the BB bull. They must be ok to calve [ less bone than a Charlolais ]- jerseys have a roomy pelvis , probably better [in actual size] than a BB mum. In Begium cesars are standard - up to 4 on the near side , and now they are perfectuiong off side cesars , so in theory the pure BB cow could have 8 calves. Apparently on the off side the guts are nearish to the insicion ...which is why the near side is a good option [ doesnt bear thinking about!]
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« Reply #57 on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:15pm »

Glad to hear Curly is friendlier - but still getting her own back on you by having the runs I notice! Hopefully Shakira will drop hers soon and then the calves have some company.
When I was doing the calf-rearing (with my friend) we had a Jersey cow who I used to get the AI man out to each year to put in calf to a Limousin for exactly the reasons you say - plenty of room in the pelvis region - but flipping heck those calves were so nutty - we only did it 3 years and each time we had a manic thing of springs - that also coincided with Honey deciding she hated calves and wouldn't have anything to do with them so she went off to a diary herd and we stuck to buying them from Gloucester Market after that. I can remember being in the ring the first time a BB calf was presented there and he was probably 2 or 3 times the size of a Hereford!
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« Reply #58 on: Aug 29th, 2009, 8:56pm »

Shakira calved today. It was avery easy calving , she finished herself as we were strawing up the box, so no need for the calving aid! So we watched for 25 mins , until baby up and walking , then another 40 mins before she properly found mums milk! We were very tempted to put her on , but she was determined , even though mum hadnt had her teats suckled before and was somewhat wary!
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« Reply #59 on: Aug 30th, 2009, 08:36am »

Great news about the new calf and well done the new, first time mum for letting instinct take its course smiley Is that it on the calving front now or are there any others left? It's good that this one is only a few days younger than Shakira's calf so when they're out in the fields they can play together - good planning there! Got any names sorted out yet for the latest two members of the herd?
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