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#601 olcowhand OFFLINE  

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Posted February 16, 2013 - 12:54 PM

We checked on the heifer late that night and she wasn't in labor.  She likely started labor about the time I woke up, but the sun didn't come up till I was milking a while.  I should have checked on her before starting the morning milking.



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Posted February 16, 2013 - 01:31 PM

...  I was on top of the propane with engine running & smoking a cigarette. ...

 

 

DUUUUUUDEEE!

 

I was going to say that you dodged a bullet there, but on further reflection, that's more like a 500 Lb. bomb!

 

Sure glad that things didn't go sideways there.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 07:12 AM

Just got caught up here after an absence.  I am not sure if your luck is as bad as Uncle Willies, but you sure run a close second.  Good to hear that things are as OK on the farm as they can be for you.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:29 AM

Sorry about the calf and propane line. Glad I didn't see a fireball off your way! Hope the time off is a period of relaxation from the daily grind (something doesn't break that you have to fix right away)



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:31 AM

Getting ready to head to Dairy Queen at a small town down the road for breakfast.  One of life's simple pleasures!



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:48 AM

Getting ready to head to Dairy Queen at a small town down the road for breakfast.  One of life's simple pleasures!

Dont forget the bacon!!


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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:52 AM

Dont forget the bacon!!

 

I'm torn between bacon & ham.....oh heck...I'll just get both!  :D   Warming the car for Teresa now.


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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:54 AM

That sounds like a good way to start the day!


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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:57 AM

See you guys later...heading out for grub!  :dancingbanana:


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Posted February 17, 2013 - 10:38 AM

I hope you and Teresa had a good breakfast, it's nice that you 2 get out even if it's just an hour here and there for yourself. :thumbs:


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 06:44 PM

It's been a long day, more to the point, a hard day.  After working on the JD430, I went to the barn to check on a heifer in labor.  Realizing something was not right, I put on an arm length plastic sleeve & checked the heifer.  Just as I feared...breach, with no feet, just the calf's butt end.  No pulling this one out like this.  I tried a while in vain to get the calf turned around, but I seen the writing on the wall & called my vet.  He worked about 2 hours, and was near exhaustion by the time he got the calf out.........in pieces.  The calf had been dead inside her at least 36hrs, as once he got legs exposed, the puller just tore each part from the calf.  He ended up pulling the calf out in 6 separate parts.  The heifer is still remarkably in pretty good condition.  I will have to keep her on heavy antibiotics for 4 to 5 days minimum.  Time will tell if she will do well.  She has a good udder & will make a good cow if she recovers.  Once we finished she went right to drinking water, and that's a great sign.



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Posted February 18, 2013 - 07:05 PM

Sorry to hear about the lose of another Calf.  Is it normal for this many to die a birth?



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Posted February 18, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Sorry to hear about the lose of another Calf.  Is it normal for this many to die a birth?

 

Seems it always comes in 2's or 3's, then for the longest time you won't lose any!  The last one was more or less my own fault for not checking on her sooner.  This one we had no clue till today.


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Sorry to hear this. But it's not unusual with heifers.


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 07:26 PM

Well you can't win them all. Too bad you lost a calf though.






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