Buttons 2023 Calving Thread

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We were having some trouble getting Baby to let the calf suck, but we managed to get her to stand still for a while by haltering her (she is halter broke), and letting her suck on my hand and shirt. You gotta do what you gotta do. I think that was comforting to her since she was a bottle calf, for her to suck on something that smells like me.
 

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Congrats on a live baby.... that is the first best thing.... Sometimes new mom's don't get that whole idea that the calf has to suck on them... and some will mother it but not want the calf to go towards their back legs/udder... I have seen them keep backing up to keep the calf in the front of them... kinda funny to watch...
And yes, often times bottle babies don't get that the whole mother thing since they didn't have a mother so to speak. Glad she is halter broke so you can help her to get the whole idea.

Been about a month since your first post... so I wasn't too far off. Got a picture of the udder now? Sure hope she milks better than her momma so the calf will get enough.

So very glad for you to get a live healthy calf from her.... :weee :weee:weee:celebrate:celebrate:celebrate:jumpy:jumpy:jumpy:thumbsup:thumbsup:yesss::yesss::yesss:
 

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Congrats on a live baby.... that is the first best thing.... Sometimes new mom's don't get that whole idea that the calf has to suck on them... and some will mother it but not want the calf to go towards their back legs/udder... I have seen them keep backing up to keep the calf in the front of them... kinda funny to watch...
And yes, often times bottle babies don't get that the whole mother thing since they didn't have a mother so to speak. Glad she is halter broke so you can help her to get the whole idea.

Been about a month since your first post... so I wasn't too far off. Got a picture of the udder now? Sure hope she milks better than her momma so the calf will get enough.

So very glad for you to get a live healthy calf from her.... :weee :weee:weee:celebrate:celebrate:celebrate:jumpy:jumpy:jumpy:thumbsup:thumbsup:yesss::yesss::yesss:
Thank you! Yeah she was very confused about what to do, pushing the calf away, spinning away, and she did kick at him a bit, but they figured it out!
 

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Anyone seen this before?
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They were both very tired but we figured he should get some colostrum, the benefits of a bottle baby!
 

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also on Monday 2 more heifers calved. One tried to kill her calf, but we got it worked out. This is the other one:
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Then Tuesday this:
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He weighed 108 pounds!

Wednesday nothing, then Selah had a bull calf earlier today, and another bull calf, and a heifer had a black heifer. One other heifer is I think going to go into labour pretty soon.
 
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