will she ever stop?

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will she ever stop?

Postby farmboy80 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:38 am

Was wanting to get past experiences with a calf/cow nurseing off other cows.
I have a heifer that turned a year old in February. She was weaned when I bought her. I put her in with my cows who all had calves, and caught her nursing. So I pulled her out and separated her until everyone had weaned their calves and no longer had milk. Problem solved. Or so I thought! She's over a year old now and I caught her nursing off another heifer that just calved. Will she ever out grow this? Or should I just plan on shipping her to sale?
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:53 am

Anchors aweigh! Ship her.
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Postby TCRanch » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:18 am

Yup, buh-bye!
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Postby dun » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:19 am

She will stop when she's in the freezer
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby Black and Good » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:57 am

I had the same issue with a yearling a couple months ago that starting nursing on a first calf heifer. When I was younger we had two Reg. Gelbvieh cows that when you'd wean their calves you have to wean them from each other. Otherwise they would get 69 style and start nursing each other. :roll: B&G
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby MRRherefords » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:27 am

Sounds like its time to send her.
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Postby Rafter S » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:13 am

I suppose it's possible she'll stop when she has a calf of her own, but I doubt it, and I wouldn't want to bother with keeping her isolated in the meantime. I'd sell her or eat her.
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby farmerjan » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:19 am

Chalk it up to whatever and ship her. There are really too many decent animals around to spend the time and aggravation of this.
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby farmerjan » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:23 pm

If you use a nose ring while she is in with the heifer and new calf, the heifer will get to kicking and then can kick her own calf. I see the benefit of a nose ring if there are no other lactating animals. But even so, she quit when there were no other lactating animals, then went back as soon as someone calved. There are just too many other decent animals to have to worry about where this one is all the time. I have seen them manage to get around the nose flap so don't think that is a solution. Unless she is a registered animal of unreplaceable bloodlines, she is not worth the time and aggravation.
Sent one of mine, out of a favourite cow, because she started again when her group all started calving...about 18 months after she had been weaned. Tried to switch things up, she kept trying other cows, and she went. Put her calf on a nurse cow.
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby farmboy80 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:32 pm

Thanks for the help. There's a sale Wednesday. She'll be there!!
Thanks again!
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby farmboy80 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:53 pm

Actually decided to wait for Monday sale at different sale barn. Either way she's done here.
Thanks again everyone.
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby Workinonit Farm » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:14 pm

farmboy80 wrote:Actually decided to wait for Monday sale at different sale barn. Either way she's done here.
Thanks again everyone.


You won't be sorry that she's gone. You made the right decision. I sold a dang fine heifer/cow because she did the same thing.
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Postby kenedy » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:09 am

She's stop when she dies....
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Re: will she ever stop?

Postby Nite Hawk » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:20 am

Some never stop, but I found a "crown weaner" that pierces the nose works well...
Don't like the flaps, they get pulled out..
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