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Katrina    Posted 05-13-2004 at 21:27:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now this is just thinking ahead just in case we end up with a situation. We have 10 Hereford cows bred to an Angus bull. Last year, we were very fortunate that all the cows had nice calves and required very little from us. Hopefully this year will go just as well but you just never know. The one cow that has calved already has twin calves. I wouldn't say she's flooding the calves with milk but they are getting by. We have 9 more cows to calve. In the dreadful chance something happens to one of these cows and we lose a calf, should we try to have that cow adopt one of the twins? Will it be a long shot and not worth the trouble? What are my chances? By the way, thanks everybody for the beautiful pictures you take time to post. Makes it really fun and interesting!

Fern(Mi)    Posted 05-14-2004 at 04:15:15       [Reply]  [No Email]

This pictured calf has a reputation of being rejected at birth.
This calf about a week old was finally accepted by transporting Lopy-Jaw cow and bucket of plecenta two miles. This calf covered in dead calf's (twins) afterbirth was accepted by Lopy-Jaw.
Worked so well, we tip-toed about this very protectve mom for a couple/three days.

Les    Posted 05-14-2004 at 02:46:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of all the years we've had cattle, (been here since 1867) we've never had a set of twins.
I bet you're going to have a hard time trying to give one of those twins to another mother. If they were newborns all at the same time, you might have a chance. I suppose if you had some way to give them no other choice, eventually they would accept each other.

Cindi    Posted 05-14-2004 at 03:27:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
If one lost a calf and she was my cow, she would be a milk cow in a heartbeat.

Les    Posted 05-14-2004 at 03:46:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup. Or beef.

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