Originally Posted by Waiting Falcon
I fed my big Simmental Gurnsey bull calf 2 gallons a day and he was still hungry. He was eating 5 lbs a day early on and since we had the milk we gave to him for 4 months.
He was large framed and it took a lot to fill him up.
I feed my calf some milk replacer all the time. Even the day he gets loaded in the trailer to go to the butchers. He gets milk.
I like my steers to be very gentle and tame. So when I get a calf a week old I HOLD the bottle while he is drinking. I may not switch him to a bucket till a month old. That way he knows me, respects me, and is tame the rest if his short life. LOL
With my RA and very bad reflexes and bad ankles I have to have very tame and easy to handle, not only when they are small calves but what they grow to weigh close to 1K pounds as a steer.
LOL I remember I year I brought my steer to the butcher, backed him out of the trailer LED him up the ramp, Even Before the other handlers came out to help me~!! LOL
They said they were surprised at what I did cause they have seen not so tame ones get loose and start running down the street. I would not have an animal around that would not "Listen" to me! And feeding them like I do milk as a treat and hands on like I do makes them a better calf when they get older.
And I use Jerseys as IMO they are the easiest to tame and literally make pets out of. LOL
Why I steer was so tame he would have followed me right into the house. LOL and I start hater breaking them Immediately as I get them. Just like I would any horse that I have trained.