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Wehner Homestead 2019 Calving

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Calves' started by Wehner Homestead, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Feb 1, 2019
    Wehner Homestead

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    DH reported yesterday that Gatlin has started udder development. She could go in five days but isn’t “due” for 10 days. This will be her first calf so we are on extra alert.
     
  2. Feb 3, 2019
    Wehner Homestead

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    A few pics for y’all from cow checks a few minutes ago...

    A few different angles of Gatlin. She’s due 2/11. First Calving.
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    Georgia (Gatlin’s dam is due the same day.) This is the one that was HUGE in a prior pic.
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    Georgia has another daughter, Sydney, due later. The first pic is Georgia is the foreground and Sydney in the background enjoying the sun. The second pic is just Syd.
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  3. Feb 20, 2019 at 10:25 AM
    Wehner Homestead

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    I’m way behind on this thread. It’ll take me several posts to catch up.

    On 2/6, Georgia (due 2/11) was found to have a calf presenting incorrectly. She hadn’t been pushing long but the calf was not in the dive position and was coming head first with both front legs back.

    I was on my way to work for a CPR recertification when I checked her so had to call in. DH was home and in bed with the stomach bug. I started moving Georgia to the barn as she was at the far end of the pasture. Called DH while we were walking and he said he’d find a way to get to the barn.

    He came out white as a sheet and helped me get Georgia in the barn. She kept stopping to push with contractions but wasn’t making any progress.

    Once in a barn stall, we put a halter on her and tied her to a post. DH got one leg up and out by pushing the calf back in some. We tried and tried to get the other leg up and he even pushed the calf back while I tried to get the leg up without success. We determined that the calf was no longer living and decided that the cow was wearing down and we needed to get the calf out. We double wrapped the chain on the leg we had out and used a calf puller (it didn’t budge when we pulled using just the chain.) The come-along action worked well with my inability to muscle my way around and DH’s weakness from being ill. We were able to get the calf out.

    I did make attempts to revive the calf without success. I also did a quick sweep to insure that there wasn’t a second calf behind the first that had complicated the first getting into position.

    Georgia was left with her dead calf for a bit to clean it and to pass her placenta. She did pass her placenta several hours later. It and the calf were removed at that time without distress from Georgia. She was kept in the barn pen for several days for monitoring as she bled decently also.

    I called the vet on 2/7 to discuss Georgia because it was almost 24 hours later and she was still pushing pretty hard and quite frequently. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that I’d palpate her again. I did this to insure that I hadn’t missed a second calf the prior day in my haste. I did not find another calf. It was decided that since a calf presenting head first is so hard to deliver, that the manipulation caused extreme bruising and inflammation. The vet was pretty shocked that we successfully delivered the calf just the two of us. We were asked to let her rest a few more days then turn her out.

    When we turned her out, it seemed to help her spirits and she appeared less depressed. The pushing slowly subsided.

    On Sunday, Georgia developed a foul discharge from her vulva. The vet was called on Monday and an injectable antibiotic picked up. If this doesn’t work effectively, I’m to have the vet out to see her.

    When I palpated her uterus on the second day, I found it to have lots of lumps and bumps. One even felt like a calf tongue would as far as shape and size. I have more questions for the vet as I’m not sure she will be able to continue to be a productive member of the herd. For now, the focus is on recovery and further decisions will be made later.

    The calf was an almost solid black bull. The kids name him after Michael, the archangel, as he’s with him in heaven.
     
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  4. Feb 20, 2019 at 10:34 AM
    Wehner Homestead

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    Gatlin was also due 2/11 and calved on 2/8. She was bred to DCC Destiny, a Calving ease bull.

    DH and his dad intervened on this one also. In DH’s defense, he was still upset over losing Georgia’s calf that when almost an hour has passed since Gatlin’s water broke, they went ahead and assisted the delivery. There really wasn’t much difficulty on this one.

    As it was her first calf, Gatlin had to have a little convincing to allow the calf to nurse but after a few hours, both were very good.

    Gatlin’s heifer was named Genesis. She has a white star on the front of each ankle, a full white belly, and a white-tipped tail.

    We don’t have any great pics of her but she will be staying and we are quite in love. I will share some of the pics that we do have though. Pics are in chronological order. She was several days old before she was turned out from the barn stall.

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  5. Feb 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM
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    We are now waiting Maxine and Scarlett’s calves. Maxine was due yesterday (2/19) and Scarlett is due Saturday (2/23.) Both are in stalls in the barn bedded down with straw due to more rain causing more mud.

    Maxine a few days before being put in the barn.
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    Scarlett- red cow on right. Shows how bad the mud is. Ugh! Maddie the tan cow in the upper right is due 2/25. Ember is the gold cow just to the left of center and she’s due 2/28.
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    We thought Melody wasn’t bred due to a standing heat but there’s a possibility that she is. Time will tell but we are hopeful that she is.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    You were certainly right to go ahead and get the calf out with the calf jack once you felt the calf was no longer living. Lots of people don't take into account that underlined part...how tiring it can be on the momma to push the calf out...once she stops cooperating the job is much more difficult and harm can come to her pretty easily under those adverse conditions.

    I have never tried it, but have read accounts by several knowledgeable cattlemen, that a (new) old fashioned toilet plunger works pretty good for pushing a calf back in and the small diameter handle leaves more room for you to get your own hands and forearm in to get the mis aligned legs in the right position.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2019 at 11:35 AM
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    I am sorry for your loss of the calf, but tickled that the first calf heifer had a healthy heifer for you. We are looking at the same muddy mess. It is pretty awful. Up to their knees and hocks in mud, constant rain then cold then warm then wet again. 4 " of snow last night, now changed to sleety rain and 4 days of wet/rain/mess forecast. I can so sympathize....
    My son said there was new calf out in the field where the dry cows are. Put a pair out there, one that was born about 2 weeks ago, but it was tagged before we moved them out back, so know this was a new one. Didn't think any were due til March, but when they are bull bred, sometimes palpation isn't real accurate especially after the calf gets to the 5-6 month stage. I need to check my lists as I am thinking now that according to when we put the bull in at the one place, they could be due after the 25th.... and a little early is not unheard of. It was up and following the cow 2 days ago, so has had a little time to get it's belly full before this crappy weather hit. Hope everyone else holds off for a few weeks.
     
  8. Feb 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    I'm sorry for your loss on the bull calf. :(

    Genesis is very cute! :love And glad that Gatlin is doing well.
     
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  9. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:08 AM
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    I didn’t even get a chance to finish updates! Maybe I’ll get to those later. For now, Scarlett calved last night. The calf was clean, nursing, and she’d passed her placenta when we got home from a funeral visitation. She had a heifer that is high percentage Simmental. She’s solid black except will have a white udder. Still deciding on a name. She will probably be retained.

    Last night.
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    This morning...
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