While 45kg is widely accepted to be the birthweight of an average new-born calf, a Kerry suckler farmer claims that a calf, weighing less than 10kgs, was born on his farm last year.
The arrival of the Limousin-cross-Parthenaise heifer calf, took Kieran Lynch by surprise.
He runs a 30-strong suckler herd consisting of Belgian Blue-crosses, Blonde-crosses, Parthenaise-crosses and Charolais-crosses and uses 100% AI.
“The calf weighed less than our Springer Spaniel dog. ‘Peanut’ went full-term and is out of Balto, an AI Parthenaise bull and a home-bred Limousin-cross first-calver, a TVR daughter." explained Lynch, who contacted That’s Farming, following the publication of this article.
“It was nearly a week before she could reach up high enough to her mother’s teat. A week later, I put a jacket on her and left it on her for a month.”
“That was 1 year ago, and she is still here on the farm, but will not be fit for breeding - she’s the pet at the moment and is about 250kgs now.” the suckler farmer concluded.
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