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Bottle calves?

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Chic Rustler, Dec 5, 2017 at 2:00 AM.

  1. Dec 5, 2017 at 4:17 AM
    Chic Rustler

    Chic Rustler Almost Self-Reliant

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    do you suppose it would make a difference if I got it straight from the dairy?
     
  2. Dec 5, 2017 at 4:34 AM
    Wannabefree

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    They stand a better chance. Travel stresses all animals.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2017 at 12:21 PM
    sumi

    sumi Super Self-Sufficient Administrator

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    Make sure they get some colostrum first. The dairy farm won't use that milk, I don't think, so ask them for it, if they remove the calves shortly after birth. I used to work part-time on a dairy farm in my teens and I remember feeding each calf with it's mother's milk, a 2 litre bottle full, 3x a day, when they were young.

    Raising calves yourself for the freezer is a great idea, but be prepared for anything beforehand, so you don't get caught out if something goes wrong. Have meds on hand, the right milk, feed, minerals, etc. Just in case.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2017 at 4:19 PM
    Chic Rustler

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    sounds a little intimidating. I'm gonna keep researching before spring.
     

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