Wean calf to bucket...

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by JulieLou42, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. JulieLou42

    JulieLou42 Well-Known Member

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    My calf's 2 months old, and I was wondering if it might be possible to take him off mom and put him on replacer in a bucket? I now want whatever milk she has left, as I had to quit when I was taking antihistamines for a wasp sting...made me too groggy to handle milking. Thoughts or suggestions to get this done appreciated... :shrug:
     
  2. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    Julie, I'm sure you know that a two-month-old calf no longer needs milk or replacer. I wean mine at 7 weeks no exceptions. Unless you have some milk replacer you need to get rid of, then by all means mix it up and serve via bucket. A young calf not depending on a daily milk source will quickly shift it's nutritional needs to grains and grasses. Also milk replacer sure is expensive $$$...My thoughts....Tennessee John
     

  3. JulieLou42

    JulieLou42 Well-Known Member

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    This was him, with "attitude" on the date shown. He was born 7/10 and weight taped at 40" at 39 days. Jumped outta that little calf pen a few moments later.

    I'm pretty sure that momma will wean him by 8 months.

    I do have milk replacer left over from two years ago.

    I've a problem separating this pair; not set up for it. DH doesn't let me spend but the barest minimum on my little "herd."
     
  4. michiganfarmer

    michiganfarmer Max Supporter

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    If you are asking about the mechanics of teaching a calf to drink from a bucket this is what I do. I let the calf suck my finger, and I pull my hand downinto the milk in the bucket, then slowly pul my finger out. It has worked realy well for me.