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Weaning

Postby Bright Raven » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:33 am

I am weaning my fall calves. They range in age from 5 months old to 6 months old. Some are already sold and I am getting them ready for leaving here.

I separated them early Friday morning so today is day 2 and the bawling has about stopped. It has been easy on the calves. They are broke to feed and hay.

I am going to start clipping today. The vet is coming Thursday to give calfhood brucellosis shots and castrating.
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Re: Weaning

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:42 am

Good deal. Your calves probably have not needed mom for at least a month with the feed they get. And, they are used to "leaving mom" to go off & eat by themselves.
We weaned ours a few weeks ago. Put halters on 3 heifers & a bull calf to start training. 1 of the heifers was sold when she was 3 weeks old. Anxious to get her "gone". Hate to hang onto one that is sold - just in case something might happen. And if there was a freak accident or problem, guess which one it would happen to????
Buyer won't be able to come until after we get back from Kauai - can't wait!!! (for the trip)
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Re: Weaning

Postby Bright Raven » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:51 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Good deal. Your calves probably have not needed mom for at least a month with the feed they get. And, they are used to "leaving mom" to go off & eat by themselves.
We weaned ours a few weeks ago. Put halters on 3 heifers & a bull calf to start training. 1 of the heifers was sold when she was 3 weeks old. Anxious to get her "gone". Hate to hang onto one that is sold - just in case something might happen. And if there was a freak accident or problem, guess which one it would happen to????
Buyer won't be able to come until after we get back from Kauai - can't wait!!! (for the trip)


Thanks.

My cows are ready for a break from nursing calves. The grass is not that abundant so getting the calves off will get them over the hump until grass comes on. Then, they will get too fat.

I been through this routine enough times now to know my cows. I have big calves (average 87 pounds) and my cows are over conditioned but since they are Simmentals (best breed of cow known to man), they can spit 100 pounders out without as much as a low toned moo!
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Re: Weaning

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:22 am

You think your cows were ready - mine have been surviving & nursing on July cut hay and snowballs. LOL
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Re: Weaning

Postby callmefence » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:01 pm

Bright Raven wrote:I am weaning my fall calves. They range in age from 5 months old to 6 months old. Some are already sold and I am getting them ready for leaving here.

I separated them early Friday morning so today is day 2 and the bawling has about stopped. It has been easy on the calves. They are broke to feed and hay.

I am going to start clipping today. The vet is coming Thursday to give calfhood brucellosis shots and castrating.


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Re: Weaning

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:01 pm

callmefence wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:I am weaning my fall calves. They range in age from 5 months old to 6 months old. Some are already sold and I am getting them ready for leaving here.

I separated them early Friday morning so today is day 2 and the bawling has about stopped. It has been easy on the calves. They are broke to feed and hay.

I am going to start clipping today. The vet is coming Thursday to give calfhood brucellosis shots and castrating.


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Re: Weaning

Postby snoopdog » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:23 am

Doing mine shortly , been bringing them into the corral that is almost done , finally .
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