What’s the best way to wean?!

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Re: What’s the best way to wean?!

Post by ksmit454 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:46 pm

DCA farm wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:03 pm
I’m gonna catch crap I’m
Sure But for the amount I raise Best thing for me to do is trailer wean them suckers. It ain’t a perfect situation but I make the best if it.
I think this will be my try for next time of weaning.



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Re: What’s the best way to wean?!

Post by Redgully » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:37 am

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Re: What’s the best way to wean?!

Post by sstterry » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:22 am

If you plan on working the calves twice, put the flap in at first working and then take it out when you work them to give them their boosters. Then fenceline wean. This will help cut down on the stress to both the cow and calf. At least that is how I do it.

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Re: What’s the best way to wean?!

Post by MurraysMutts » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:13 am

ksmit454 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:45 pm
MurraysMutts wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:06 pm
Keep an eye on em. They are bound to start hollering for mama soon.
Noses will heal up pretty fast from what I've heard. Dang sure wouldn't want one a those in my nose!
Surprisingly still not a peep out of them! They are with another couple head so they have company but they act like they aren’t missing their mamas at all. Yeah me either lol!
That's kool. How long you plan on holding them?
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Re: What’s the best way to wean?!

Post by Brute 23 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:47 pm

ksmit454 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:45 pm
MurraysMutts wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:06 pm
Keep an eye on em. They are bound to start hollering for mama soon.
Noses will heal up pretty fast from what I've heard. Dang sure wouldn't want one a those in my nose!
Surprisingly still not a peep out of them! They are with another couple head so they have company but they act like they aren’t missing their mamas at all. Yeah me either lol!
That makes all the difference right there. The place I wean at usually has calves rolling in at different times and I will purposely hold some over for that reason. A lot of times what will be my replacement heifers are there and I use them to calm in the incoming calves down. I've even gone so far as to load an old cow with the calves and keep them there. I had a cow I called mother goose that I use to drag around for that reason. They take to the system so much faster. Monkey see... monkey do. :nod:

Sadly, I'm loosing mother goose this year. She goes to the auction in a couple weeks. She has her last calf on her now and is mixed in with some replacement heifers. For an 03' model she still raised a good one this year, even with no teeth. She's one of those I might have to pay some one to haul. :oops:

... and to get way off topic. I think it helps to raise replacement heifers around a couple cows with baby calves. They will mother up and get use to those babies before they even have their own. ;-)
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Re: What’s the best way to wean?!

Post by Dave » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:24 am

Here it pays to wean. They dock you for a bawling calf. My preferred method is a good stout pen miles away from the cows. Or in the case of one and done, I run them all into a corral, load the cows out, and leave the calves there for about 5 days. There is a Purina grain they use to call Pre-con 5 (they renamed it and I don't remember what it is called now). The calves go right after it. I figure about one bag per calf. Around 5 pounds per day for 10 days. It replaces the nutrition they were getting from the milk. Doing that I simply don't have the weight lose that people talk about from weaning.

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