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Postby dbro » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:35 pm

Is there any Texas dairies that y'all know of that would sell me 5 to 10 Holstein calves at a time? I would like to find a farm direct source that I can get healthy bottle babies.
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Re: dairy calves

Postby TexasBred » Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:06 pm

dbro wrote:Is there any Texas dairies that y'all know of that would sell me 5 to 10 Holstein calves at a time? I would like to find a farm direct source that I can get healthy bottle babies.

I"m sure there are some. Check with some of the dairies in the "dairy communities". (Stephenville, Sulfur Springs and others). Most will usually sell a bull calf but seldom sell a heifer calf unless something is wrong with it like sickly, freemartin, etc.
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Re: dairy calves

Postby shortybreeder » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:23 am

What are holstein bull calves going for around Texas? We sold a 6 week old holstein bull calf for $400 last week, but he was raised on a beef cow with her natural calf to help empty the cow instead of being fed with a bottle.
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Postby TexasBred » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:24 am

shortybreeder wrote:What are holstein bull calves going for around Texas? We sold a 6 week old holstein bull calf for $400 last week, but he was raised on a beef cow with her natural calf to help empty the cow instead of being fed with a bottle.

No idea Shorty. Use to see a lot going through all the sale barns but dairies are dying out down here. Bull calves use to be extremely cheap but have probably gone up like everything else.
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Re: dairy calves

Postby shortybreeder » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:46 am

TexasBred wrote:
shortybreeder wrote:What are holstein bull calves going for around Texas? We sold a 6 week old holstein bull calf for $400 last week, but he was raised on a beef cow with her natural calf to help empty the cow instead of being fed with a bottle.

No idea Shorty. Use to see a lot going through all the sale barns but dairies are dying out down here. Bull calves use to be extremely cheap but have probably gone up like everything else.

Yeah, a few years ago it was cheaper to put a bullet in the bull calves than it was to sell them because of the costs involved with the over-night housing and penalties with non-sales...
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Postby skyhightree1 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:25 pm

shortybreeder wrote:
TexasBred wrote:
shortybreeder wrote:What are holstein bull calves going for around Texas? We sold a 6 week old holstein bull calf for $400 last week, but he was raised on a beef cow with her natural calf to help empty the cow instead of being fed with a bottle.

No idea Shorty. Use to see a lot going through all the sale barns but dairies are dying out down here. Bull calves use to be extremely cheap but have probably gone up like everything else.

Yeah, a few years ago it was cheaper to put a bullet in the bull calves than it was to sell them because of the costs involved with the over-night housing and penalties with non-sales...


here i posted before they run 25-35 bucks a head they are generally a few days old but when they are 4 weeks old or older they tend to be around 100-150 bucks
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Re: dairy calves

Postby kenbo » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:56 pm

I too am looking for some dairy calves to bottle feed (5 to 10). I am in North Florida. I have called every local dairy around and several dairies as far away as 200 miles. It seems that some one has contracted with all the dairies that I have called to buy up all their bull calves. This is the case in the dairies further away too. I can understand why the dairy would prefer that situation but I would appreciate it if anyone reading this post that has knowledge of a dairy in Florida that will sell me a few calves I would appreciate the info.
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