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Re: Bottle calf to out with the herd

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:26 pm
by Cucumber35
I had this same scenario, didn’t work so well. He took a long time to get accustomed to the herd and still stayed off to the side a lot. Didn’t grow very well at all just grazing either. I penned him up in the barn when I started feeding hay regular this winter because I knew he would get bullied at the feeder. Even with free choice 2nd cut hay and almost 10# of grain a day he isn’t growing much. I think I stunted him. Probably just going to ship him. I feel like he will eat me into the poor house before he gains enough to go in the freezer.

Re: Bottle calf to out with the herd

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:21 pm
by Fernowranch
I agree with everyone put a halter and a bow around his neck.
sell him you'll be amazed what the bow will do

Re: Bottle calf to out with the herd

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:20 pm
by farmerjan
Call the extension service in your area, or the county office, or a local vet or the 4H or FFA; and see if anyone is in need of a steer to show that is quiet and used to people. I am sure you could find him a good home and make some money instead of turning him out and maybe losing him because he is not acclimated.

Re: Bottle calf to out with the herd

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:48 pm
by MarieB
Thanks Everyone for the thoughts and input.
Has anyone sold a bottle calf for a 4H calf?

Re: Bottle calf to out with the herd

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:31 am
by dun
MarieB wrote:Thanks Everyone for the thoughts and input.
Has anyone sold a bottle calf for a 4H calf?

Only as bottle calves for the fair. But here they still have to be on the bottle or just weaned in July.