How old does a heifer have to be before you can predict with any degree of accuracy what her mature size will be? Sweet Pea is 6 months old, 37 inches high at the hip and weighs 344 lbs. Her sire was small and slight and Daisy weighs between 850 and 900 lbs but she's not very tall. I have a lot of breeding scenarios to sort through with the family and I'd like to know if I can count on her being 500 lbs before July. She is still nursing and I'll keep letting her until I dry off Daisy at the end of November. They have good hay available free choice.
As an aside, LeBoeuf is 2 and a half months old, 212 lbs and 35 inches tall!!! I understand that he had head start on birth weight but golly! He's got these long Jersey legs and she's built like a tank. ;D
Future wife to a husband
Future mother of some children
Arctic farming at it's finest:
Bonnie- Highland/Shorthorn cow
Sweet Pea-Dexsey heifer
Adam, Joe, Cocoa and Cleo, the turkey herd
Dogs, cat, parakeets and fish
dunderi: twas freezing here this morning for milking. bring on winter!!! :-)
May 28, 2013 16:52:16 GMT -5
Tamara: That is another reason I milk in the evening - so cold in the morning!
May 28, 2013 22:32:31 GMT -5
dunderi: lol its been pouring rain around evening feed time here! which is great, becauese i need grass, but also a pain because the place i milk gets all muddy and poopy :/
May 29, 2013 17:11:23 GMT -5
dunderi: besides i LOVE the cold :-)
May 29, 2013 17:11:49 GMT -5
mikentexas: I have a jersey holstein cross bull calf that has a lump on his left side about the size of a small plastic football,when you push on it ,it sounds likewater sloshing,has anyone ever seen this before?
May 31, 2013 22:41:46 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: Could it be the rumen? Sometimes if they are switched to pasture their rumen swells up and it sounds sloshy like water.
Jun 1, 2013 8:53:20 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: I have an AVATAR now!
Jun 1, 2013 8:53:39 GMT -5
mikentexas: could be the rumen,he is 4 weeks old or there about,and he refuses a bottle and eats only hay an nibbles at calf starter,will that hurt him? or will it eventually go down and be ok?any idea?
Jun 1, 2013 22:04:40 GMT -5
hadassah: I have a three week old calf that has been eating grass since she was a few days old. She may not grow as big as the others but she is alive and well!
Jun 5, 2013 22:46:08 GMT -5
Tricia : Soap makers? I mixed up the lye and water yesterday afternoon and didn't make soap. Can I still use it? or is it now a weak drain cleaner?
Jun 7, 2013 9:13:13 GMT -5
jerseylovinliz: It's such a delicate process when all is right I'd be scared to try it if I needed good soap. I might if I needed more bars for laundry detergent & it didn't matter so much.
Jun 7, 2013 12:36:21 GMT -5
jerseylovinliz: Scientifically speaking I don't have a clue.
Jun 7, 2013 12:37:24 GMT -5
mollymoo: The thing that makes lye "go bad" is absorbing CO2 from the air (it turns to sodium carbonate and which is less basic) - I'd think that after less than 24 hours, your lye would still make a good soap.
Jun 7, 2013 14:11:56 GMT -5
sherrye: you can still use it. i do mine the night before. then heat to temp i want. never a problem for me.
Jun 7, 2013 16:32:14 GMT -5
Tricia : Well..... I think I will try it with no essential oil. If it is a failure it's less wasted $ for the oils. If it's good I can shred it tomorrow, melt it and add oils. Phew.... Now do I really want to do this at 9pm? Sure! Thanks SO MUCH!
Jun 7, 2013 19:43:43 GMT -5
jerseylovinliz: So? Did it work? What happened?
Jun 8, 2013 22:55:28 GMT -5
Tricia : Well no as I crap happened here and ONCE again it didn't get made. Jeepers I know not to make soap in June.
Jun 9, 2013 18:25:54 GMT -5
Lisa in N.C.: No edema, one scoop grain this am. Some average mix hay and she has tons of clover in pasture. They cans see Sookie. Thanks
Jun 10, 2013 13:48:12 GMT -5
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