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  1. J

    Calf With Swollen Cheek

    I'd be far more concerned with the red in his droppings. Could be Coccidiosis or several other things. Get him to a vet ASAP!
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    Moldy Grain?

    Mark: If I read this correctly, you might have just allowed your cattle unrestricted access to the brewers grain. Is that correct? If so, you may have created some problems. I am very familiar with wet distillers grains, which are fairly similar to brewers grain. If cattle are overdosed on...
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    Trying AI this year

    Cystorellin, Factrel, and Ovacyst are all the same. I've used all of them on hundreds of heifers/cows, and they all work just fine. Buy whichever is cheapest. We synchronize a herd, apply estrotect patches, and timed AI those that have rubbed off patches. The ones that don't have rubbed...
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    Pictures of my cows

    I crossed Wagyu with some of my cows. The calves seemed to be small, and didn't have much vigor. They were a lot smaller than my regular calves at weaning, even when raised by my better cows. I sold some to neighbors who were very curious about them, and raised a couple myself to butcher...
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    Farm or freezer? (To breed or not to breed)

    The dam of this bull obviously wasn't a good mother. This can carry on to him, and his daughters may not have much mothering instinct. He is also very small for his age (many of my calves are at or above 500 lbs at 6 months of age. Of course, your calf never had much of a chance to grow...
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    My new Bottle baby

    I would try to get the calf and cow in a small pen, and see if they can't make amends. Calves always do much better when raised on their actual mother. It's also a LOT less work! You might want to try Calf Claim. It's a powder that cows love to lick, and it often gets them to accept a calf...
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    Cow pen/handling area

    For the past couple years, I've been buying the panels made about 80 miles from here. The mfg company is called, tuffernhell, and I think they have a website. I buy the 24' panels. They weigh around 900 lbs, are stand alone, and cost $275 each. They are 6' high, with 2&7/8 inch pipe on the...
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    Artificial Insemination: The Basics

    From your chart on the Shorthorn bull: CED = Calving Ease Direct, which is the difference in % of unassisted births in heifers. The higher # the better. 16 if very good. BW = Birth weight of the calf compared to the breed average. A -number is better. The bull you asked about is -3.4, which...
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    Upper midwest blizzard

    We finally had a couple days of sunny weather with little wind. The calves really needed that, and it's amazing how fast they can bounce back! The next week or so is expected to be nice also, so maybe we have turned the corner into spring. I'm hearing horror stories of cattlemen south of here...
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    Upper midwest blizzard

    I live in South Dakota, and we have had an April 2 day blizzard, with up to 20" of snow, 40 - 60 mph winds, and in some places, ice on everything. The loss of calves, lambs and other livestock has been terrible. Personally, I've lost 4 calves since yesterday. We happen to live in an area...
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    Artificial Insemination: The Basics

    The blood test is called DG29. You can use it 29 days (or more) after breeding the cow/heifer. It works with either AI or natural breeding. My company (Genex) sells the kits, and I have used them. Basically, you raise the tail of the animal, locate the vein under the base of the tail, insert...
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    ready for winter.

    Hope you had insurance on the animals that the hurricane killed. The rest look good, but the light colored one in the middle could use some extra groceries. Here's hoping 2018 is a better year for you and yours. Merry Christmas!
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    Separating calf from bull

    It appears that she's from California, and that's a totally different sales region from mine here in SD. I'm sure Genex has a presence in CA, but I don't personally know of any of them. Perhaps she could do a search and find someone, or else could call Genex headquarters in Shawano WI to find...
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    Separating calf from bull

    jhm47 here---I am a rep for Genex. Not at all sure what breed you'd be interested in, but I have access to both dairy and beef breeds. I also have some VERY easy calving semen that is somewhat older, but still viable that I'd sell for $10.00 / straw. This semen is either red Angus or Black...
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    How far will a bull go...

    You never know. Sometimes a bull will get loose and go up to 10 miles to get a cow/heifer. Others will never stray, even if the neighboring herd is all in heat at once. It all depends on the bull. As to fences---even a very well made fence is unlikely to hold a bull if he REALLY wants to get...
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    Mini Jersey breeding after calf

    You could always synchronize her and then you'd have an idea of when she's in heat. What's wrong with AI? You should be able to AI her to a top quality bull for less than hauling her 1.5 hours to a bull, and then turning around and hauling her back. Also, the trip will stress her and likely...
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    Hereford heifer eye s weeping?

    Sounds like it could be the beginning of pinkeye. Are there flies around the eyes? Flies feed on the secretions around the eye, and often carry the bacteria that cause pinkeye. Also, sunlight can cause eye irritation. Does she have access to shade? Does she have pigment around her eyes...
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    Concerned about calf

    Sounds to me like it's nothing to be worried about. I'd worry more about bloat if they're on alfalfa pasture. You might want to get some bloat blocks just in case.
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    Calf can't stand up

    "now he's eating like he's starving." Whatever you do-------DON'T overfeed him. Feed him the recommended amount of whatever milk replacer you're using, and NO MORE! As to not being able to stand, it may be a neurological problem. He could possibly be having seizures when he stiffens his legs...