You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of Homesteading Today!    
Homesteading Forum

Go Back   Homesteading Forum > Livestock Forums > Cattle

Cattle For Those Who Like To Have A Cow.

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 01/08/10, 06:12 PM
jlgoinggreen's Avatar  
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 184
At what age should you start feeding calves hay?

At what age should we start feeding the calves hay?
Married to my best friend and mother of 5.
Reply With Quote
Old 01/08/10, 06:23 PM
Pat's Avatar
Pat Pat is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 542
You should put hay out for them as soon as possible... whether they eat it or not is a moot point. If it's there, when they are ready for it, they have it.
Nasha Dacha

The only people who never make mistakes are those who are afraid to try!
Reply With Quote
Old 01/08/10, 06:33 PM
Gregg Alexander's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Republic of Alabama
Posts: 1,569
On bottle calves I offer it to them on day 3 as well as a handful of grain

Deo Vindice O I'm a Good Old Rebel and thats what I am, I don't want no pardon for what I am and did
Reply With Quote
Old 01/08/10, 09:22 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: MO
Posts: 3,519
What they said.
Home is the hunter, home from the hill, and the sailor home from the sea...
Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/10, 04:12 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Land of the Long White Cloud
Posts: 363
You can introduce hay from day one, although I usually wait till they are at least 4-7 days old. At that age it does not need to be good quality nutritious feed, just clean straw to get their rumen working. The good quality hay should be introduced in time for them to be eating hay well by the time they are weaned off milk.
Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/10, 04:48 AM
sammyd's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Central WI
Posts: 5,760
Rumen developement is influenced more by the ingredients in grain. Feeding straw to scratch the rumen to get it working is an old wives tale.

calves should have access to a good quality grain starter, good quality hay and fresh water within the first week.
Deja Moo; The feeling I've heard this bull before.
Reply With Quote
Old 01/11/10, 08:53 AM
Jhn Boy ina D Trump world
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 2,395
I had a black angus calf that started eating hay at 4 days old.
Reply With Quote
Old 01/14/10, 02:19 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NE IL
Posts: 165
Our calves start tasting hay within the first couple days. We keep them on the cow for a few months, so they like to try whatever mom is eating. I separate the cow/calf overnight and usually give the calf a bit of hay in case she wants to eat some overnight.
Reply With Quote
Old 01/15/10, 01:57 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eastern Oklahoma
Posts: 100
Watch a week old calf next to mama. They start chewing on it but watching mom.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46 AM.