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We have, within the last three days, added three new members to our herd.

The first one arrived on Monday. He is our new bull which we 1/2 own. We'll have him for 6 months. He is two years old (I'm pretty sure..) and 1/2 Angus 1/2 Simmental. He's a big dude. My mom has already named him Simon. :lol:



The next two additions arrived early this morning and what a surprise they were! So I think maybe a month or two ago, I was talking about one of our cows was still pregnant (and HUGE! :shock:) and was limping on a leg. So we locked her up so she could rest and eventually the leg got better enough to let her out. By December 1 she had still not had her calf, and I was worried it wasn't in there correctly. Our neighbor calls yesterday and says he thinks one of our cows is having a baby and having trouble :shock:. She wasn't though but we locked her back up again.

This morning my uncle goes down there and sends this text to my dad:

"Assumed they nursed." :think:

It took a while for me to get what he meant.

I am really happy and it's very exciting. :D I think they're bulls. Not sure what we'll do with the mom as she was a little prolapsed. Time will tell though.

Psst, look where the mom is looking ^u^







And then the look of confusion. :rofl:



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How cute!! And twins to boot! I guess if one is a female you'll have a freemartin on your hands. Good to know they're all doing well - and Simon is a perfect name for a bull :)
 

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How cute!! And twins to boot! I guess if one is a female you'll have a freemartin on your hands. Good to know they're all doing well - and Simon is a perfect name for a bull :)
Yeah, my uncle was reading you aren't supposed to breed the daughters. I doubt we would have anyways. :)
 

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the horses face! awww "ummm mom? what are these? why are they in my turn out? and why are there suddenly two smaller ones?"
 

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We're worried about the smaller one. He's not as lively as the other one who's been running around and boldly walking up to us. The calf laid in one spot for at least a couple hours with his head on the ground. We bought colostrum and electrolytes and bottle fed him some colostrum which we got only a few swallows down. We went back later and stuck a tube down his throat and got 2qts of colostrum down him. Then he got a bed of straw.

We'll go back down later and may give him some electrolytes. He does act "alive" and holds his head up, his ears are up, and he was fighting us a bit when we were feeding from the bottle.

Please pray he survives.

 

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Right now I'm not sure if he'll survive. We made him a pen and let mom and the other calf go free as obviously this calf will not nurse. We fed him some more electrolytes, only about 3/4 a bottle. He's in a small pen with straw. We left him for a couple hours, came back and he had pooped out some green stuff (yuck :p). He was still alive thankfully and we just left him alone.

We bought milk replacer too so I hope that will help and he will become stronger.
 

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The calf died tonight.

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oh no! so sorry for you loss! poor little guy... You did everything you could and did it very well
 
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