Calf Born & Cow Aggressive

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.

Charolais Calf

Charolais Calf

It didn’t take me long to realise this was a newborn calf as the cow was very protective and acting in an aggressive manner when anyone went near the fold yard gates. The calf is a heifer calf and is strong and getting lots of milk.

Charolais cow and newborn calf

Charolais cow and newborn calf

We moved the cow and calf into the calving pen for the first few days so that the calf has plenty of room and isn’t knocked about by the other cows.

Today (Sunday) we tagged the calf and have moved the cow and calf back into the fold yard. I had to keep my distance as cow 32 really doesn’t like me and whilst she is generally a bit of a bad tempered cow she is even more so when I am about!

When 32 went back into the fold yard with her calf, some of the other cows started fighting with her as they have been separated for a few days and need to re-establish the pecking order! There was alot of hoof scuffing along the floor and head butting each other but they have now settled down thankfully.

The calf didn’t seem to be phased by the move and the fighting. she is quite a big calf and lively and so is able to get out of the way if needs be.

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.

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.

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.

Calf Born

Calving of our beef cattle herd normally occurs during February and March, however in 2006 we introduced a new bull who was quite young. It took some time for our cows to get in calf and the result has been calves being born throughout the year. Our reliable Charolais bull had to be replaced as he had got an abscess on his stomach which kept re-appearing. It was a shame to lose this bull as he was a very gentle yet experienced bull. Our new bull is also very gentle and good to deal with.

December’s Charolais calfIn November three calves were born and one has been born in December so far. This month’s calf is a Charolais heifer calf – seen in the picture only a few hours old.

Lucky for us the cows have calved during the day and not in the middle of the night when the temperature drops and nobody really wants to get out of bed to check if the cow is calving!

Jigsaw Puzzle – Charolais Cow & Calf

Here is one of our Charolais cows with her calf, click on the picture to jumble up the jigsaw puzzle.

How long did it take you to solve the jigsaw puzzle? It took me 4 minutes and 9 seconds!

A Charolais Cow Calving

Watch the video clip of the charolais cow calving and the immediate minutes after the birth.

When one of our cows is near to calving, we move the cow into the calving pen so that she has more room away from the other cows.
Up to four hours before the birth, the cow can usually be seen sniffing the ground, moving around in circles and generally becoming restless.
The tail then begins to stick slightly out, before the sacs appear.
After the sacs burst the calves feet appear.
If the calf is correctly positioned, the head appears and the calf is born.
The video clip shows a restless cow, the sacs appearing, the sacs bursting, the feet appearing, then the calf being born very quickly afterwards.
Then it shows the cow licking the calf who is able to lift it’s head after only a few short minutes of life. The calf is soon trying to sit up as the mother continues to lick the calf.
Amazing footage of an amazing event.