I know every year is different for nearly every outfit. We got by real easy this year except for crooked front legs in one bunch and malpresentations. Calf losses were minimal until half done and that coincided with our twins. Backwards zapped us. A couple things I haven't seen before. Knock wood, only lost one aged calf, and doctored maybe 6.
I should mention that two of my pet 5 yr olds will be leaving. The one calved at an awkward time and got it killed this year. First time she hasn't been thru the barn... The other must have got mastitis chasing the decoy 4-wheeler when we tagged her calf. We were busy enough we about starved a draft calf... My bad.
This has been a pretty good calving year. We branded again yesterday, and are mostly done with what are born. We still have some calves out of real old cows and "selling cows" that are in another bunch, plus about 25 cows that are yet to calve. We leave the bulls out for 90 days, figuring a late calf is better than "no calf." We did have one yearling heifer that got bred while still sucking her mother, but she had a nice calf and seems to be able to raise it.
Struggle here. Started in a snow storm, had another storm about a week later (after 2 nice days). Lost quite a few calves. It was wet and cold and frustrating. I spent a week covered in mud and burned more fuel checking cows over Easter than I used all winter feeding 500 head. a calf had less than 20 minutes to be up and going or it was dead. When the weather smartened up calving has been a 5 minute a day job. We will move things back next year, but bred early last year in order to make it to my brothers wedding. We did get a bottle calf out of the deal that we saved, but have no idea who the mom is after it spent a day+ in the house. I agree with Soap in a different context. A late calf is better than no calf, and a heck of a lot better than a dead calf.
We have heard some neighbors have had sick calves, and still do. Our weather left us alone, except for wind. Didn't bother. RSL, I have fought that battle, and I feel for you. It's a lot easier to barn and splint a calf, than not have enough barn, or labor. We'll get bit hard some year, calving March 1st in corn stalks. Going to pasture now and it rained tonight. My best wishes to every one.
Knocking on wood. Things are going really well. I think one of the best things we did starting about 8 years ago was having the vet check pelvic opening on Heifers. We check cows once a day anymore. I swear sometimes green grass adds a special calving lubricant.
With my life, it kind of has to be that way.
The difference between a rut and a grave is the depth