30-minute Calving

This past Sunday, I observed a Star heifer birth her calf. She was bred to a Star bull. I kept track of the time from when she first broke her water until the calf was nursing. This whole process took less than 30 minutes. In fact, she laid down only once and contracted a few times. The calf weighed 57 pounds. It was up and nursing in no time. Of course, big calves at birth are usually sore and are less thrifty at birth. One yearling bull is for sale (#23). He weighed 55 pounds at birth and has a -5.3 birth weight EPD, ranking the highest of all bull calves born last year. He is featured at the Bulls for Sale page.