A heifer calf – which weighed just 25kg when she was 20-hours old – was born on a farm in Co. Kildare last week.
Michael Heffernan and his sister, Breda, run a 60-cow suckler herd consisting of Limousins, Belgian Blues, Aberdeen-Angus, Aubracs, Wagyu and Belted Galloway breeding females; these are bred to Belgian-Blue-cross-Angus-cross-Limousin stock bulls.
Speaking to That’s Farming, about the arrival, Michael said: “The Charolais-cross second-calver – was served by a home-bred cross-bred FTY son on January 1st, but I have records which indicate that she repeated on January 18th.”
“From that, I estimated that her due date was October 18th, but much to my surprise, a little heifer calf arrived on Tuesday, October 1st,” he explained.
“She is the smallest calf ever born here. She was standing within minutes after being born and received colostrum.” the suckler farmer added.
“She’s a lively calf and if she grows well, she might be a cow someday in the future,” he concluded.
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