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Offline orwell

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Stupid Question?
« on: December 12, 2009, 04:48:32 PM »
How much can you tell about a calf in the frist few days. My dad is convinced that you can pretty much tell if you have potenial a day after birth, but I think they need more time then that.

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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009, 04:51:45 PM »
you have a super good idea

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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2009, 04:53:37 PM »
I would some what agree with your dad. We have had many calves when they were born that you just said wow! and they have almost always sold well or were one of our best replacements. I think it gives you a good idea of what kind of calf they are (later maturing or what have you) just by the way they are built at birth.Maybe I'm crazy but i put as much judgement on the calves apperance when they are born versus when they are weaned.
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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2009, 06:31:56 PM »
I can't really tell when they hit the ground, but my dad usually knows immediately. 
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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2009, 08:23:36 PM »
Quality can show up early but it can change as they grow.  If they look good at a week they usually end up making a pretty good calf if the don't get sick and the cow milks good.

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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2009, 08:47:39 PM »
I'd agree, the special ones seem to have "it" right away. 
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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2009, 08:50:59 PM »
A friend of mine in Montana says they have the P factor - Pizzazz!
You tell them I'm coming - Tell them I'm coming and I'm bringing Hell with me!

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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2009, 08:26:42 AM »
Quality can show up early but it can change as they grow.  If they look good at a week they usually end up making a pretty good calf if the don't get sick and the cow milks good.
I agree. If they look good at 1-2 weeks, they will look good in the end.

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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2009, 12:55:09 PM »
You can tell on most right away.  Then they go away and what they looked like at a few days old always comes back around when the mature.  BUT! The only exception is on low birth wieght cattle.  They look common when young and you think you have nothing but they keep getting better and better.  These are the ones that are hard to sell at 6 months.

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Re: Stupid Question?
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2009, 01:28:56 PM »
Fred Derouchy always told me when they look good at a week they will return to looking good at some point given the right care.
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