newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

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newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:59 pm

100% new to raising cattle
Bought my first one on Friday, Brahman bull calf 250 lbs ish.
4 miles home
Put it in the hard pen.

He won't eat or drink.
He was grazing with the other calves when I got him.
He does not seem distressed, just nervous....still
Testing the boards when you get near.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby dun » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:17 pm

First thing to do is get him a companion.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:53 am

Would a horse make a satisfactory companion?
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby Caustic Burno » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:54 am

You better find a mentor quick Brimmer cattle are not for the new and inexperienced.
After thought why in the heII would buy a Brahman bull calf? Can't be for slaughter and if your thinking herd sire that has train wreck on the boarding ticket.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:30 am

Raising for beef, and the bull part.....that's because he hasn't been castrated yet.

He will be.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby dun » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:35 am

JackG wrote:Would a horse make a satisfactory companion?

Possibly, but a better choice would be a goat or best of all another calf.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:48 am

Thanks for your help, I have to start looking quick.
I don't know if I want to turn him loose in the field
until he starts eating grain in the pen.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby Rafter S » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:44 am

I agree about nor turning him out until he settles down. If you turn him out now you may never see him again. When you do turn him out, if it's into a pasture by himself, you still may never see him again.
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:53 am

He would be going out into a 1 1/2 acre fenced field, 5 ft no climb fencing......
Should I get electric fence also?
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:54 am

He is sniffing the water and feed, just not eating or drinking
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:55 am

Is it possible he was not completely weaned ? Still on some milk replacement and calf starter?.......but why no water?
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Re: newbee in Central Florida......with an issue

Postby JackG » Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:57 pm

Update.....he started eating grain on Friday night, and drinking some. He is grazing very little, maybe half hour a day. I don't know what he is eating at night except for the approximately three lbs of grain and maybe a gallon or two of water missing out of the tub.
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