When we had cattle/cows/calves we always bought from a few day old calf from the farm. Be it a beef (angus or hereford..etc) or a dairy calf. The farmer was always willing to deal with you. :shrug: That was a few years ago. Now I'm being told that you should NEVER ask a farmer with beef calves you would like to buy one to bottle feed. :grump: That they never sell them. To be honest, at first we were looking for an older calf. We have since decided we want to go back to bottle feed, for ease of handling. So now we are looking for a young calf. Not a dairy calf, that is per DH. So no holstein, jersey or guernsy (we've had all those at some time in the past). So any beef or beef crosses. I was told to go to the auction to get a beef calf to bottle raise. Ok, why would the farmer ship it & not sell it, if we're willing to pay market price. I really don't want to get one there due to the chance of illness (pretty high in this area). I can't start with a full grown cow. While we do have a brand new barn with a stanchion & a stall, a wild/not tame cow would rip it to shreds. It's one of those metal deals.