bottle calves

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by mike t, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. mike t

    mike t Guest

    My daughter has decided to raise bottle calves. She has three that are now 3 months old, and one new one. The calves seem to be doing well, except that the older ones have big stomachs, some bigger than others. The older calves are eating grass and coastal hay. What is the problem?
     
  2. HoosierDeb

    HoosierDeb Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if it's the same for cattle as for horses but a big belly in horses will sometimes indicate internal parasites. Has she wormed them?

    DebF
     

  3. mike t

    mike t Guest

    Yes, we did. I have seen this before in orphan calves. I think it is a nutrition problem, but obviously don't know.
     
  4. Jena

    Jena Well-Known Member

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    Orphan calves typically have a pot belly. You can do everything right, but they still look like orphans. If you keep feeding them, they will grow out of it...sometimes.

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  5. Jackpine Savage

    Jackpine Savage Well-Known Member

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    It could be what's referred to as "hay belly". The calf is filling up on lower quality hay or grass that's not meeting it's nutritional requirements. We would normally be giving calves that size some grain supplementation.