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Templelands

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Strathaven, South Lanarkshire
    • Templeland Cottage
Our first calf
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:10:32 pm »
Popped in the field today and our first calf had arrived! Hoped to be there but this was a nice surprise!
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lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 12:15:29 pm »
How beautiful and what a lovely sight to greet you!! Lovely surroundings too!! Congratulations to you and also to Mum and her calf!

HappyHippy

  • Guest
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 12:16:01 pm »
Gorgeous, congratulations  :thumbsup:

sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013, 01:53:08 pm »
Now that's what I call a stress free birth.  :thumbsup:

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2013, 02:14:49 pm »
Congratulations! Is it a bull or a heifer? What kind of cattle are they?

Templelands

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Strathaven, South Lanarkshire
    • Templeland Cottage
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2013, 04:42:41 pm »
Tragedy strikes. Mum crushed her calf and we lost her.
Thats a pregnant ewe and calf in the space of a few weeks. Devastated is not the word.
Mum has had 9 calves without incident - wondering whether we could of or should of done anything differently. They were in a big field so plenty of space...
The cows are Shetlands, and the calf was a well bred pure bred. Little Girl. Sad sad, painful times.....

lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2013, 05:03:10 pm »
Oh no........... :'( :'( :'(  Im so sorry  :gloomy: :gloomy: :gloomy: ......... :hug:

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2013, 06:54:18 pm »
I didn't know you had Shetlands - I thought they looked like Shetlands but wasn't sure.

What a shame about the calf  :'( How did it happen?

Templelands

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Strathaven, South Lanarkshire
    • Templeland Cottage
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2013, 07:36:55 pm »
We got them about four months ago now.


Calf was lying down and mum went down next to her - looks like she was too close and when we went over to feed her calf was dead. Just trying to source a foster calf now - a few people on the look out.


Castlehill Farm

  • Joined Oct 2012
  • Methlick
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2013, 08:05:54 pm »
Templelands,

We feel for you! The calf looked real healthy.

We have a small herd and would be a tragedy if we were to loose any!

Hope you get a foster calf soon to help the cow get over the loss of her calf.

Best of luck,

Ian.
Pedigree Belted Galloway cattle, Soay / soay X sheep & Boer / boer X goats

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2013, 08:30:05 pm »
That's so sad  :( I'd be gutted if that happened to us.

She might take two calves, you know. There's an article on multisuckling and Shetlands on the TAS website (not by us but by another breeder).

When you feel more like it, tell me more about your Shetlands - always love to hear about other localish Shetland breeders  :)

scarlettoara

  • Joined Feb 2013
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2013, 10:55:53 pm »

She might take two calves, you know. There's an article on multisuckling and Shetlands on the TAS website (not by us but by another breeder).


where abouts is that article, please?

Hassle

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Lincolnshire
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 05:29:44 am »
It's always sad when a calf is lost even when you have a large herd, a year lost.

But an accident like that there was nothing you could have done.

Good luck

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 08:47:07 am »

She might take two calves, you know. There's an article on multisuckling and Shetlands on the TAS website (not by us but by another breeder).


where abouts is that article, please?

Good question! I will ask Dan.

sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Our first calf
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2013, 02:20:38 pm »
What a shame, have you managed to find a calf for her.

 

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