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« Reply #60 on: Aug 31st, 2009, 8:05pm »

Very pleased to hear that Shakira calved with no hitches and mum & baby doing fine. Another determined calf locating the milky bar! That instinct to suckle is just so strong - nature never ceases to leave me in awe! I guess you and Charlie have just had to lend a helping hand with some of your other calvings!
I hope all your herd are doing well - any more calves to come? The close of the summer bank holiday seems to have blown in some very autumnal weather - when do you bring them in, if at all? probably some of the older calves will be ready for moving on I guess...
A drama free cow blog! But never the less still most interesting!
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« Reply #61 on: Sep 1st, 2009, 7:24pm »

We do hope they wont come in till after the Your Horse event in early Nov. We managed to keep them out till then last year , though the field was a bit poached. I think 3 of the calves will go on to their next homes then. However , I am still exited that I have located a Jersey herd nr Danby that will have bbx calves in the future ....so my herd can grow!
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« Reply #62 on: Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:09am »

What excellent news about the Danby herd - did you talk them into having BBx stock or was it their idea!
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« Reply #63 on: Sep 2nd, 2009, 3:31pm »

That's superb news about the Danby herd - not too far to travel for any new additions to your herd! Perhaps your herd will grow quickly now?!
Let's hope the weather holds out until early Nov for the cattle to stay out. Winter always seems like so much extra work - and in the dark! which is the bit I hate - dark mornings, dark evenings - just always dark! I can cope with everything the weather throws at us - it's just daylight I miss! Anyhow, your Danby discovery is great news!
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« Reply #64 on: Feb 5th, 2010, 12:39pm »

I do like cow news in amongst the horses so I thought the cow blog could be updated!
Has Ducks produced her calf yet? Incidentally, Taildragger - Ducks is so labelled as she has the silhouettes of ducks on her forehead so worry no more on Judith's animal husbandry! In Yorkshire 'Duck' is also a term of endearment!
Will be most interesting to see if she has a Rocky offspring or a wayward bull calf got there!
My grandaughter's operation is now scheduled for 11 Feb after a wrangle with the hospital and my daughter demanding that she speak to the surgeon - after which the op was brought forward from 4 march! We are all ferevently hoping that it actually happens this time...
I have more positive news - I have a job interview in London (employer's head office but job based in Yorkshire) on Mon so am hoping that goes well and I get the job! I can then actually confirm my summer camp place once I've got employment...
I've tried to follow everyone's progress on the forum and the weather has certainly curtailed activities. But you all seem to have done much more than me (except the ball work of course!) - a complete fairweather rider but I do do it bridleless alot of the time when I do actually do it! I like riding off the halter - S does listen and respond. He's having the life of Riley at the moment but is still a very accurate barometer of my mood - in every dealing I have with him he reflects my mood back at me - it really amazes me how he can 'read' me so well! His anger or calmness is just mirrored back at me - wonder if scientists have noticed and recorded that yet?!! Does anyone else find this with their horses?
Do let us know when Ducks produces her calf please.
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« Reply #65 on: Feb 6th, 2010, 5:43pm »

Ducks had her calf this morning. Feet and nose there when C went out , and bull calf easily pulled out. Within a couple of hours he was on his feet and sucking well, so thata a relief! All the other cows came across to inspect him , and i could see the bigger calves thinking there was another milk bar for them to steal at! Ducks and baby [ las t years we did call duckling!- even tho we try not to name the calves. As this one is a boy it could be Mallard ...Aylesbury....Indian Runner??] in pen for few days.
Otherwise the cattle are fairly trouble free. As long as they are kept fed,bedded and scraped out [ muckwise] they are all doing fine. Which after all the bother last summer is quite nice!

Heres hoping , Vanessa you get lots of good luck, and get job and a successful op for your granddaughter.

I had a quick lesson on why yielding is nessessary in the groundwork. I have been not h/q yielding Cameo ,to protect her hocks etc , but she , with all the weight of a 16.2 rising 3 yr old, quickly learned she could pull away from me and go back to her pal. The good news is she is fine with all tack , so perhaps she ll have to be left until the end of summer , when I can teach yields - then carry on.
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« Reply #66 on: Feb 7th, 2010, 12:05pm »

Just having a break from preparing a presentation for the interview tomorrow! Thanks for your kind wishes Judith - I certainly hope the interview is a positive experience and a successful outcome. I am a bit more pre-occupied about my grandaughter's op on Thurs so must get focussed...
So pleased that your cattle are being trauma free and Ducks calved so easily - how about Drake for the bull calf? or is that just too cheesy? No more calves due until later in the spring/summer I presume? (since Rocky went on his hols in April) or was he busy before he went!
The forecast is for yet more snow so I guess you'll only be able to use the indoor school and hacks out if the ground is suitable ie not too icy. Horses learn so fast how to evade but I'm sure Cameo will soon be more amenable when you feel she can learn yields. I notice all the time how a horse's personality makes all the difference too but why is it that I find it easier to deal with other people's horses than my own?!
How is everyone else doing - the lovely Duke et al, H, Nins & Claude? I so enjoy hearing to all your experiences.
Well the presentation is calling....
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« Reply #67 on: May 9th, 2010, 08:14am »

Cow life has been fairly uneventful, which our house sitter appreciated when we were in NZ!
The first of my 6 heifers bought last summer calved 2 days ago. We had to de horn these heifers , and as they were over a yr old , they havent had the handling of my others, bought as calves. So C just had to sit and watch as 'April' started to calve, as she wouldnt let him near. He did pull claf out eventually , very easily as it happened. There was no evidence that the calf had sucked 2 hrs later , so we tied heifer up [ for the first time!] and tried to put a non interested calf on. Came to the conclusion calf must have worked it out for herself....but have spentt the last day and a half watching to see if she fed - never seen her! This morning there was the bright yellow muck under her tail - so she must be getting lots of milk!
Only 5 more heifers to calve over the coming months..... nearly as worrying as foalings !
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« Reply #68 on: May 18th, 2010, 08:58am »

I remember those heifers - they had just been dehorned when we were at summer camp last year - I particularly remember the little ones - Ant & Dec - their intro to Rocky was delayed I think due their being too little! But the others obviously found Rocky delightful!
Let's hope that all the calvings are trauma free this year as you had plenty of drama last year! So uneventful cow life sounds the best thing! grin
Hope April and her calf are thriving - I presume they are out in the fields now? Here's to uneventful cow life...
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« Reply #69 on: Jun 20th, 2010, 7:16pm »

I do wish it was easier to see when there are messages on each of the threads!
Yes, April and calf fine.
Since then we have had more in the maternity ward - Rhianna calved about a week ago. This was the hardest calving for some time , C and I pulling with all our strength to get a big bull calf out. Without the calving jack , or if it had been during the night and we d not known how long it d been going on, we d have los the calf , as there was no way he could have been born on his own. As it was, we did get him out , and milked mum inot the 'bottle' and fed him . Both mum and baby bruised , but now doing very well. We ve kept them in , as we dont want the bruising in mum to tire her - cows 'do the splits' sometimes after a bad calving , so she has had arnica and calc fluor , and getting stronger daily,.
Rocky has also been causing concern, and though he s now resting with heavily pregnant ladies , his back end isnt healed. We assume he s taken ligaments off his pelvis/hip/thigh bones , during lovemaking! It could well be a long term thing to get him right.
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« Reply #70 on: Jun 22nd, 2010, 8:29pm »

We were walll to wall cows today! Young heifer began calving 9 am , and within 1/2 hour we got her out to get calf out. This was successfull and fairly easy. 10 mins later I go to cxheck and see an incredibly large afterbirth....its moving and breathing! Yes, a first time calver had twins! the first was a normal size bull, the second a very dainty, pretty little heifer.
May, the heifer , loved them both . First problem overcome!
Would she let them suckle? Bull calf couldnt be bothered, so to get the rocket fuel into him I thawed some frozen colostrum. As I fed him his sister got up, and found mums milk! Only then did bro get up and copy sister , and proceeded to elbow her out of the way to have the lions share!
By this eve both were giving mini frolics and looking good.
Lucky , one of my old 15 yr olds , got very jealous , and decided to have a calf herself. She was very large , but out popped a smallish heifer calf. She too has been up and suckled. #My next job is to replace the frozen colostrum , by handmilking Lucky , as she has so much milk- but she s not so keen......
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« Reply #71 on: Jun 28th, 2010, 11:44am »

yesterday 4 calves and 3 mums went outside, by themselves to keep everything easy.
This morning the twins were 'missing' in long grass -its amazing how they can hide in the smallest tussocks of grass. In searching the field we came across a fox , staring at rabbits ! The twins , once found , made noises for mum , but the bull calf just went to the first 'milk bar' he saw , typical male!
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« Reply #72 on: Jul 26th, 2011, 1:20pm »

Its a long time since I wrote on this thread. I know a couple of particular cow lovers like to hear of our bovine friends!
Over the winter , with the move and new buildings etc [ that are small and fairly ricketty yet] there were a few problems. We d taken all our own haylage, which I think helped to keep digestive disruption down . The only problems were pneumonia in a few of the calves and the odd injury. One calf in particular liked to impale himself , firstly on tin , then wrapped up in wire .
The grass fields, sown last Sept have a thick sward ,after a good cut of haylage , and the herd of 20 ish are all together ,with the bull we bought in March with the unfortunate name of Eric Bristow.
However, 2 days ago one of my 16 yr olds collapsed and was put down yesterday. She leaves a calf of 6-7 weeks old , which at present we are leaving with the herd. Its the first time this has happened . If the cow has a tiny calf we can then bucket rear. This calf will hopefully steal of other cows , but we are keeping a very close watch. He may well have to be brought inside and 'tamed' to a bucket. I ve only 3 16yr olds left - all to keep as long as possible! I ve had them 14 yrs , so they re like old friends - or old horses.
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« Reply #73 on: Jul 31st, 2011, 07:30am »

As a quick update;the calf seems to be thriving , so must be stealing off someone.
Just as well as we didnt want to seperate her from the herd, and if she continues to manage , we ll be happy!
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« Reply #74 on: Aug 5th, 2011, 4:33pm »

Great news about the calf - some generous mum's looking after it then!

Only a week to go until the second summer camp of the year, I can't believe it's come round so fast but I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

Hope everyone's looking forward to it and that we have some fine weather.

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