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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 4, 2012 7:56 AM CST

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tveguy3 said:Dave, is this 24 hours after calving?


More like an hour. The placenta hasn't come yet. We're keeping an eye on that.
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 4, 2012 9:01 AM CST
Awwwwwwwwwwwww baby is soooo cute Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Daisy has the prettiest face! look at those eyes & eyelashes. She could steal your heart. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

That's one full udder!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 4, 2012 10:47 AM CST

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dave said:The placenta hasn't come yet. We're keeping an eye on that.


The placenta did come and all is now well. The calf is up, walking around and has already met the other cows.
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tveguy3
Sep 4, 2012 1:11 PM CST
I'm glad everything turned out ok. Is it a heifer? My money's on a girl! Really cute.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 4, 2012 1:41 PM CST

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You win, Tom! Smiling My son came in a few minutes ago and told me he got close enough to see the udder with 4 little teats. We have another heifer!! Hurray! Hurray!
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porkpal
Sep 4, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Congratulations!
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tveguy3
Sep 4, 2012 2:24 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Congratulations. Is she a keeper? or for the freezer? Looks to be about half of a beef variety. I had a good start of a dairy heard, but when I went to college, it got to be too much trying to manage that and school, so I sold out, and used the money for school. I haven't had any since. I do like cattle though.
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Kathleen
Sep 4, 2012 3:45 PM CST
Nice little calf, Dave.

To clarify the oxytocin question, it is most often used in dairy cattle to get them to let down their milk. It might also be efficacious in cleaning, but that's not something that we've ever done.

Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 5, 2012 11:46 AM CST

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tveguy3 said: I tip my hat to you. Congratulations. Is she a keeper? or for the freezer? Looks to be about half of a beef variety.


She's definitely a keeper. We carefully selected the bull to breed Daisy for the right mix of genetics and couldn't be happier to have him throw another heifer for us. This heifer plus our earlier heifer born last year (Elsie) are 7/8 Jersey and 1/8 Normande.
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Shannon
Sep 5, 2012 12:04 PM CST
Glad she's a keeper. So cute Lovey dubby
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porkpal
Sep 5, 2012 2:57 PM CST
When it's time to breed them will you breed back to Jersey or Normande or something else entirely?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 5, 2012 3:05 PM CST

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That's something I haven't thought too much about yet, but if I could breed them to a Normande I would be very pleased to do so. I'll almost certainly be doing the AI route from here out, which dramatically opens up my options. Thumbs up
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mcash70
Sep 20, 2012 11:36 AM CST
Congrats Dave, very cute calf you got there!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 20, 2012 11:44 AM CST

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Thank you, Margaret. Smiling

We separated her from her mama yesterday afternoon and did our first milking last night. The calf did pretty good with the bottle. This morning Daisy gave up a couple gallons of milk and the calf took the whole bottle. She is quite tame already! Hurray!

She misses her mama and they are mooing at each other. She will learn that WE are her mama now and Daisy will learn that WE are her calf now. Hilarious!
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mcash70
Sep 20, 2012 1:33 PM CST
Dave, sorry but I don't know too much about farm animals so please excuse this dumb question, why take the calf away from the mama so soon seeing as she is drinking mom's milk anyway, wouldn't it be less work to let her nurse normally. Shrug!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 20, 2012 1:45 PM CST

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Some people do that but I find it's better for everyone to take the calf and bottle feed her.

If you let her nurse then the cow will hold back for us. She won't give up much milk because she knows we're stealing from her calf. So if she isn't nursing a calf, then she lets down every time and gives us all the milk.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Sep 20, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Aw I see, and of course I'm sure everyone has fun feeding the calf. Lovey dubby
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 20, 2012 1:53 PM CST

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Very very much so!!
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Sep 20, 2012 2:01 PM CST
Thumbs up
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 4, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Dave, how is the new calf doing?

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