Our first calf (Dairy)

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by MikeJoel, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. MikeJoel

    MikeJoel Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2005

    There she is nursing.

    Didn't get to weigh it till the next day then found her to be about 50-55Lb.
    She was sired by a milking shorthorn. The dam (which has finally got it's name "Miss Maple"... I dont care as long as if a stranger hears me using the name I dont have to blush ;-)). Anyway the dam as most know is a Jersey-mix (I believe of shorthorn, though by the coloring I guess there must be other breeds (so I guess she is a mutt ;-)). Just going by how most breeding seems to be to shorthorn up here).

    She seems to be healthy and was bouncing around the stall while I cleaned this morning.

    Whoooooh. What an experience.
    Learned a lot that I hope will make next time better.

    Here is just a little (Seems so simple now that I have experienced it and can examine it):

    1) Saw dust is not the ideal bedding for birthing (not really dust but small enough to make it a problem) - straw or hay next time (I also have free access to wood shavings)

    2) I now know this cow lets you know when it is time (she told me ;-) I was walking by the barn and she was laying in her stall and started lowing at me. That morning she also was coming up to me every time I was down at the barn.

    3) The timing I have read so much about isn't absolute. Let them alone unless you are SURE there is a problem. A calf may not be up and walking within 10-15 minutes. And nursing may not take place within 30 minutes.

    4) The cow knows more than I credited it.

    That is just the tip of it.

  2. JanO

    JanO Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 16, 2003
    Western Washington
    She's a beautiful heifer Mike. Congrats :goodjob:

  3. Christina R.

    Christina R. Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Northern Arizona
    What a beauty!!! So glad you have a lil' heifer! You're right, there usually is a whole lot more in practice that we find out as compared with theory. Congratulations.
  4. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

    Nov 28, 2005