|Just a few hours old...|
We didn't have any twins last year and the year before we had 3 sets of twins. Out of those 3 sets our survival rate was 50%. 1 set was born pre-mature and could not live outside the uterus, 1 set we lost the 2nd calf born because he was backwards and did not make it out fast enough, the last set we had 2 healthy bull calves that the cow took care of. We will let the cow raise both calves if she will let both nurse and if she will produce enough milk to keep them both healthy. If we have a cow that losses a calf we will give her 1 of the twins to raise so that both cows only have 1 calf to care for. By letting another mother raise 1 of the twins the calf will not have to share milk with his brother/sister and will have a chance to gain more weight before weaning time. If we leave both calves with the cow we separate her from the rest of the herd so that we can give her more feed as she will need it to provide milk for both calves. We can also monitor the calves to make sure that they are both getting enough to eat, if they are not we can immediately take over and give some supplemental milk.
|Got them to the Pen by the barn.. They are |
tiny.. 40-50 lbs each.
|While walking them toward the hay in the bunk, she |
turned around and gave me another photo opp!!