Calves Born On The Farm

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 let the farmer get close to the calf so the calf’s navel can’t be sprayed.

The Limousin calf was standing and suckling after about half an hour and the farmer was able to spray the navel with Alymacin spray to protect the calf from infection.

The Bull

The bull has been separated from the rest of the cows to try to stop the bull from serving the cows that are coming into cycle. We have segregated the bull in order to try to get all the cows calving at a similar time as this year we have had calves born throughout the year.

Our bull is a relatively new one and when he was introduced to the cows not all of the cows got in calf straight away and this has resulted in calves being born throughout the year.

The bull has a very  gentle nature and doesn’t seem to mind being separated from his herd of cows.

I will post a photo of our bull when I can get the main computer to work as it seems to have stopped working at the moment and all the photos are on the main computer! so watch this space for a photo of the bull.

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  1. Hi Sara, I haven’t met many bulls in my lifetime, I am looking forward to seeing a photo of yours. The last one I saw I couldn’t get over the huge size of it, I was so relieved to be on the other side of the fence, do they really not like red, do you know? xComment by Louise – December 20, 2007 @ 9:10 pm
  2. Hi Louise,
    Yes it is amazing how big they are and it is always a relief to have a fence and trough between me and the bull, even though Bully Boy is very gentle and docile!
    I am not sure if they like red, although I have to say I haven’t tested this out and don’t think I dare!!!
    Thanks for the interesting question. Sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – December 20, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

Unpredictable Saler Cow

One of our Saler cross cows, who I call One Ear, as she has a floppy ear, is a bit unpredictable and when she is in calf or has just had a calf, no one can go anywhere near her. This year she was due to calve late so we put her out in the back field with the weaned calves. She calved out in the back field with no problems, however because we are unable to go near the cow and calf because of the cows unpredictable behaviour, the calf is not used to human contact.

Yesterday we decided to bring the cattle in from the back field so we could check and tag the calf. The calf did not respond well as he is not used to humans and it took the farmers quite a while to tag the calf.

My husband wants to fatten the cow and then sell her for meat and doesn’t want to breed from her anymore as she is bad to deal with. My father-in-law doesn’t want to sell the cow. I believe that if the cow is aggressive then it is not fair to keep the cow and breed from her as the offspring may also have this aggressive trait. I don’t have to deal with the cows so I will let them argue this predicament out amongst themselves.

  1. That is a bit of a dilemma for them to figure out. There seems something to argue for on both sides. Hopefully, they will come to an agreement :)Comment by wildlifegardener – August 22, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
  2. Hi Wildlifegardener,
    Thanks for visiting and commenting. I am glad that I don’t have to make the decision!
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – August 22, 2008 @ 8:01 pm
  3. Hi Sara,
    You had commented on my blog and asked the question; “What is Catsup”… kids that is the way we said Ketchup. I did change it in my post, I realize now it may have been confusing…thank you.Comment by Julie – August 25, 2008 @ 4:29 am
  4. She’s only takin care of her babies if u ask meComment by junior – September 2, 2008 @ 5:47 pm
  5. Hi Junior,
    Yes I agree she is taking care of her calf as most animals become very protective over their offspring.
    Thanks again for your comments.
    sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – September 5, 2008 @ 6:27 pm

Charolais Cattle Eating Silage

During Autumn and Winter the Charolais cattle are kept in the fold yard and are fed silage twice a day. Here is a video clip of the Charolais cows and bull eating the silage.

It is interesting to note that the bull is at the front end of the trough and this is where he always feeds when the silage is placed in the troughs. This indicates that the bull is the highest ranking Charolais in the fold yard.

I hope you have enjoyed watching my cattle eat their silage.

Goad – A Pointed Stick To Drive Cattle

I was recently sent an email asking, “Do you know what a “pointed stick for driving cattle”is called?” Derek.

Hi Derek,

I have found out that a pointed stick for driving cattle is called a goad.

I found this definition from the dictionary reference site which is interesting:

“1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
2. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
3. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
-verb (used with object)
4. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.”

I find this interesting because this is where the term to goad someone into doing something must come from.

If there is a farming term that you want to know then contact me and I will try to find out the answer for you.

Farming Life Video Diary – Suckler Cows And Calves

At this time of year the suckler cows and calves are put out to grass in a field with an electric fence so that the cattle do not escape from the field. The calves were born in the fold yard and are not used to the electric fence so we placed an electric fence in the fold yard for a few days to train the calves not to touch the electric fence when they are placed in the field.


We also bought two cows and their calves last week. They were placed in the field and not in the fold yard so that the cattle did not fight with the new cows. When the cattle are placed in the field they usually don’t fight as there is enough space for them to mix well together.

Watch the video clip of the suckler cows and calves.

I hope that you enjoyed watching the farming life video diary of our suckler cows and calves.

Differences Between Holstein And Friesian Cattle

Some people can’t tell the friesian and holstein cattle breeds apart but the holsteins have more white and the friesians more black traditionally and the holsteins are smaller I believe than the friesians.

Friesians are a bonnier animal than an Holstein, which is bred for as much milk as possible and is a thinner leggier animal than the friesian.
What is ironical is that we spent years breeding to improve the butterfat of our friesian herd from 3.2% to 4.0% and now Skimmed milk (that we used to feed to the pigs!) is in as much demand as is full cream milk and is also just as expensive
Kind Regards

Please let us know if you have noted any other differences between friesian and Holstein cattle.

Saler Cross Calf Born

A calf was born at the weekend to one of our black saler cows. The calf is a heifer and is a real beauty. She has a lovely black nose and a grey tinge to her coat as she is a saler, charolais cross, having parents who are a saler cow and charolais bull. The calving went well and the heifer is extremely fit and healthy. She was up and suckling within minutes of the birth. A real sight to behold. I will post a photo of the calf in the next few days.

Temperament Of Charolais Cattle

Charolais cattle have been bred and reared on our farm for nearly 50 years as they are a large fast growing breed of beef cattle. TBird asked about the temperament of Charolais cattle.

What kind of temperament do your cattle have. My husband thinks Charolais are famous for a not-so-great temperament.

We raise Hereford/Angus cross. We have 3 calves (2 bull and 1 heifer) on the ground already and are awaiting 5 more. We don’t usually have any more than 20 or 21 head at a time. Tbird.

My husband says that the Charolais has a fairly docile temperament towards humans, but they do sometimes fight with each other. They are a large, late maturing breed who have a tendancy for badly overgrown hooves.

My father in law who has been breeding Charolais cattle for nearly 50 years says this breed are reasonably good to deal with and are certainly not as flighty as the Limousin breed. He says that at calving time the Charolais cow will get very protective and can be bad to deal with. He feels that the advantage of raising Charolais cattle is that they are a large fast growing breed with good confirmation.

Photo Hunt : Theme Wooden

There are lots of wooden objects and buildings on the farm but one of the most important wooden objects for a livestock farm are the feed troughs.

These feed troughs are in the fold yard and are used by the beef cattle.

The cattle get barley, fodder beet, potatoes or silage in these troughs depending on the time of year or the age or type of cattle.

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