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Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by in the hills on February 27, 2021, 08:58:57 pm »
Goats / Re: Pregnant goat upset stomach
« Last post by Anke on February 27, 2021, 08:39:21 pm »
Sorry for the delay in getting back, I was out all day as my goats have started to kid today.

I wouldn't worry too much unless it goes to proper diarrhoea, but cut back a bit on the protein rich stuff. I don't weigh my goats' food anymore, but measure scoops. I fond that coming closer to kidding they get "selective", so I offer soaked warm sugarbeet, oats, calf mix and diary nuts in separate little mounds in the four corners of their feed bowl (normall it does get mixed) and it is quite varied on what gets eaten and what not (and it changes by the day)...

My BT's are more likely to just eat all they can, the GG's often slow down more towards the end of pregnancy.

You may want to check on worms maybe, if they do go out and it has been wet and not so cold?

Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by Buttermilk on February 27, 2021, 07:15:16 pm »
Cattle / Re: AI time??
« Last post by Rosemary on February 27, 2021, 05:22:09 pm »
Good luck! The bullwill know just the right time.  :fc: For calves in nine / ten months.
Cattle / Re: AI time??
« Last post by PipKelpy on February 27, 2021, 04:30:00 pm »
Timing is everything!

No blood on either mat, phone call to chap who buys my cattle, he's just had a tb test! Knickers had fun this morning!

We've got him for up to the 8 week shut off he says. I forgot how big bulls go, makes my 2 look tiny! Last time bull here was 2007.

I had knickers scanned many times last year, all clear. As said before, timing is everything, weather given good round here for the next week so cattle can stay out at night (they've been coming in.)

I'm not daft, I know if she doesn't hold to a bull she is probably one of "those", but I was hoping she'd wait until she was older before she became an awkward madam!

Oh, 1st thing he said when he dropped lad off? "Are your fences good?' Not what you want to hear. However, he's on 2 internal fields that are open and NO cattle around us as closest farming neighbour actually winter houses his due to the numbers!
Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by Q on February 27, 2021, 01:00:40 pm »
Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by in the hills on February 27, 2021, 12:46:20 pm »
Cattle / Re: AI time??
« Last post by twizzel on February 27, 2021, 10:49:42 am »
The other option is get the vet to scan her and make sure she?s not got a cyst or something that would prevent her holding a pregnancy. We had a cow bulling every 3 weeks, you could put money on it. Vet said she probably had a cyst and although treatable would need vet visits to get her in calf so we culled her as she was older and had lost a lot of time (10 months after calving she was still empty).

Or buy a bull, AI timings can be very difficult. But seems pointless to keep serving her with AI if she?s not holding.

I worked on dairy farm .... cysts are not uncommon .... a quick vet trip and sorted ..... not a reason for culling in my opinion unless you have other reasons. 

The ONLY definite sign a cow is bulling is when she stands for another cow to ride her ..  if seen in eve AI next morning ... if seen early morn AI that day (and if still bulling in eve AI next day too). 

Mark a calender when you see cow bulling ... keep close eye 19 to 22 days later for bulling.

Agree but when the cow is getting on in age, has lost nearly a year and won?t give you a calf for another 9 months at least, in a commercial operation it?s time to go.
Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by Rupert the bear on February 27, 2021, 08:47:48 am »
Other / Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Last post by Womble on February 27, 2021, 08:41:14 am »
They ain't the easiest to harvest though, are they? I've been trying to harvest ours for a couple of weeks now, without success  :dunce: .

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