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Really Hairy Calves = Bad Winter Coming???

I noticed a while back that my calves have put on some really thick and long coats this fall, all of them, so not genetics at play.
Really stand out and out of ordinary. Cows look normal, same with the fathers, in fact some of them seem a bit lacking, but its still somewhat early.
But the calves are walking hair balls. Have some that have those tufts they grow in their ears, even them are three to four inches and longer.
All on same feed, pastures, ect, so only thing I can attribute it too is perhaps nature is preparing them for something coming. We did have some nasty -20C back in Sept and Oct, not sure if that triggered it or what.
Anyone else seeing this and if so, where you at?
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You noticed that too. I didn't want to say anything just because I like being in denial and have no desire to go though another shitty winter. I am hoping that the early cold triggered it. It looks like we are going to be in for big temp swings again, +5 or so for next week. Not much better for the animals either. Starting to hate winter.....

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Really hairy calves! Sounds like my ex wife!
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Sorry can't help myself my first thought was your wife ran out of razors .
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I noticed a while back that my calves have put on some really thick and long coats this fall, all of them, so not genetics at play. Really stand out and out of ordinary.
So what are the rest of your legs like AB? I agree that it's unusual that one part of your body should develop excessive hair growth. I'm having problems with it coming out my ears...quite annoying really.
Maybe talk to a beautician......they deal with that sort of thing all the time.
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Can't comment on calfs, but a couple things regarding animals that i never seen before:
Cleaning up sloughs to burn off/work down cat tails and i see mole hills all around the edges, usually in the edge of the cat tails. Burrowing animals usually dig in higher ground. I guess the cover of the cat tails and the loose dry ground (no wet sloughs anywhere) are an attraction. So probably they are there more because of dryness allows it.

Other thing is a never seen a bald eagle around the farm in my life. Only north of La Ronge, sk. Saw one about 2 weeks ago in a tree. What the helll is that doing in this area. Two days later i saw 5 sitting in a field 300 yards from where i was working. Took a picture but pretty blurry but can see the white heads. Turns out they migrate. Very odd to suddenly notice them in this part of the world.
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I'm sure it's the unusually early cold weather in September that triggered it. Let's hope it's a symptom of recent weather and not a forecast.
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Something dead not too far away from those eagles.
Always see the hawks and eagles pass through here spring and fall.
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when i read the title, i thought of my [ex]girlfriend ...
sure miss her on cold nights, lol
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Just shipped out calves today. Heavier and longer coats for sure this year.

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