sara | April 25, 2010
This week the cattle have left the fold yard and have gone out to graze, no more silage and fodder beet for them but lovely green grass to eat!
The cattle first went out onThursday and came in at night for the first two nights as we had a cow to inject with antibiotics due to [...]
sara | January 8, 2010
A charolais cross bull calf was born on the farm yesterday. The calf has a lovely natured limousin mother and the father is a charolais bull.
The cow needed to be helped with the birth as the calf was a large bull calf and was taking some time to come out, so the farmer’s helped the [...]
sara | January 5, 2010
I have just been reading in Defra’s Farming Link magazine that Great Britain has been officially free of brucellosis since 1985.
Brucellosis of cattle, also known as contagious abortion and Bangs disease, is caused by an infection with the bacterium Brucella abortus. This bacterium not only affects cattle, but also sheep, goats and pigs. Brucellosis infection [...]
sara | November 22, 2009
Cow number 32 had a calf in the early hours of Wednesday morning. When I went out at 7am the calf was standing and looked like it had been born for some time.
It didn’t take me long to realise this was a newborn calf as the cow was very protective and acting in an aggressive [...]
sara | September 28, 2009
As well as damaging the liver of the cattle, liver fluke can reduce milk production in dairy cattle and lower feed conversion rates in beef cattle.
Principle signs of liver fluke in cattle are:
Gradual loss of condition.
Progressive weight loss.
Reduction in milk yields.
Animals may become jaundiced.
Cattle reluctant to move any distance.
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sara | September 23, 2009
We have had 10 heifers grazing in the paddock and back field all Summer and today we moved them indoors for the Winter. The heifers will be wormed in the next few days a standard practice afer spending the Summer months grazing the fields.
One of the heifers has stiff back legs so we have sectioned [...]
sara | September 22, 2009
Monday is market day and if livestock are ready for sale then Monday is the day they go.
We have had two bulls in the fold yard all Summer. They are lovely bulls and I have got quite fond of them and have given them names, which is never a good idea! They were given the [...]
sara | July 25, 2009
When do farmer’s prefer their cows to calve? We prefer to calve our herd of beef cattle cows after the end of February and through Spring.
Dear Sara, I am conducting some research and wonder if you might be able to help. Can you tell me when do farmers generally prefer their cows to calf and [...]
sara | April 13, 2009
Today the cattle went out to grass for the first time.
All the cows, the bull and the calves were rounded up in the fold yard passage way this morning whilst I held the gates so they couldn’t all charge out. I have to say it’s scary when all the cows are facing you and you [...]
sara | January 21, 2009
This morning at about 6.00am a Charolais heifer calf was born to Number 28 Charolais cow. Then this afternoon a Limousin cross bull calf was born to a Limousin Cross cow.
Here is a video of the cows and calves.
The Charolais calf is suckling after about 4 hours and the mother is very protective and won’t [...]