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Factotum

  • Joined Jun 2012
Re: First Calf
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2015, 07:38:55 pm »
Second what Rosemary says about bull calves - some of ours have been very thick indeed. Sucking on the wrong bits, lying down in rushes and getting cold, you name it, they've done it.

In contrast, last year one of our heifer calves was up & running about like a loony about 2 hours after she'd arrived into the world. She was dry - Mama had been very active on the tongue front, and had a belly full of the white stuff...

Sorry we're not closer to give you a hand if the 'Master' is away at the moment. Good luck with the next calvings.

One thing that might help is to keep Erik out of the way - steers can get a bit excited and perhaps a bit much for a newborn - no malice is intended, but the whole - Ooh a new baby! can make steers a bit more hyper than usual.

Take care.

Sue

PS - You have our phone no & e-mail - please feel free to use it at any time - we're here if you need some remote support. Sx.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2015, 08:00:26 pm by Factotum »
Voss Electric Fence

oor wullie

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Strathnairn
Re: First Calf
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2015, 01:50:41 am »
Thanks Sue. 
Mum and calf have been penned separately from the others so the calf will hopefully be a week old before he meets the steer.

I like the way you refer to me as the 'master' but that is probably a thought I had best keep to myself as I am not sure I have sufficient claim on that !!

 

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