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Bringing my first steers home

Post by CaterFarms » Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:34 pm

Hello, I am being 2- 6 month old steers home to a new pasture in a couple days. I have one acre sections fenced off. Is there anything special I should do? Will I be okay just letting the two steers have one acre pasture right away? Thanks.



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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by SBMF 2015 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:05 pm

Should be fine if their quite. Make sure they find where the water is.
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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by sstterry » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:08 pm

Make sure they are or have been properly vaccinated and that they have free choice salt and mineral and plenty of water. How is the pasture on the one-acre? What type of grass and have they been on grass before you get them (I am wondering if you need to give them a high mag mineral if it is fescue).

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Post by CaterFarms » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:21 pm

I am in southwest Michigan. They have been vaccinated and the pasture is good. Planted with alfalfa mix a couple years ago.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by SBMF 2015 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:36 pm

If there is a lot of alfalfa it might be smart to have a bloat guard block available.
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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by Mat Man » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:42 pm

Have they been weaned ?
If not they need to be put up or very good fence.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by M.Magis » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:57 pm

I always lock new animals up for several days or a week before turning them out. A couple six month old calves will find weak spots in the fence that you may never notice. Some time locked up in a pen lets them settle a bit first.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by kenny thomas » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:13 pm

sstterry wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:08 pm
Make sure they are or have been properly vaccinated and that they have free choice salt and mineral and plenty of water. How is the pasture on the one-acre? What type of grass and have they been on grass before you get them (I am wondering if you need to give them a high mag mineral if it is fescue).

PS...It helps to put your location.
I hope a vet will chime in here but I keep seeing suggested to keep out high mag for calves. I have never seen grass tetnus in a calf. Only in cows with small calves 6 weeks old or less. Am I missing something?
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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:20 pm

CaterFarms wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:21 pm
I am in southwest Michigan. They have been vaccinated and the pasture is good. Planted with alfalfa mix a couple years ago.
What part of SW Michigan? I’m from Paw Paw.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by sstterry » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:46 am

kenny thomas wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:13 pm
sstterry wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:08 pm
Make sure they are or have been properly vaccinated and that they have free choice salt and mineral and plenty of water. How is the pasture on the one-acre? What type of grass and have they been on grass before you get them (I am wondering if you need to give them a high mag mineral if it is fescue).

PS...It helps to put your location.
I hope a vet will chime in here but I keep seeing suggested to keep out high mag for calves. I have never seen grass tetanus in a calf. Only in cows with small calves 6 weeks old or less. Am I missing something?
We don't see it down here unless the pastures have been decently fertilized and lots and lots of new growth. As to the cow-calf thing I will defer to the experts because you guys know way more than me.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by greggy » Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:07 am

Yep....lots you should do...

If they are 2 to 6 months, the 2 you have miles of work to do, if 6 and they are coming off momma...you have a lot to do too ...

2 months old need mild twuce a day....the others are old enough too wean...but if just of mothers...I suggest milk and a quick wean.

Pellets or starter will be needed......

So, yeah, you betta get busy learning or they will wither if not already weaned properly.....which 2 months old could not be...

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by KAstocker » Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:09 pm

My wife is a vet. I may get this slightly wrong but should be mostly right. Grass tetany is only an issue for newly lactating cows just turned out on spring grass. High mag mineral isn't needed for just calves.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by sstterry » Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:34 pm

KAstocker wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:09 pm
My wife is a vet. I may get this slightly wrong but should be mostly right. Grass tetany is only an issue for newly lactating cows just turned out on spring grass. High mag mineral isn't needed for just calves.
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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by MurraysMutts » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:37 pm

Ever chase an unweaned 6 month old heifer 5 miles in a vw bug?
I HAVE!

Still own her too. And 3 of her daughters.

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Re: Bringing my first steers home

Post by snoopdog » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:34 pm

MurraysMutts wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:37 pm
Ever chase an unweaned 6 month old heifer 5 miles in a vw bug?
I HAVE!

Still own her too. And 3 of her daughters.

Good times....
Good times....
I'm laughing , because I can see it happening
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