Advice on rearing calves on their own

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by Guest, Dec 7, 2017 at 5:53 AM.

  1. Guest

    Guest Member

    Hi,

    What's the best way to go about rearing young calves, the youngest being about two months old? Most of are old enough to manage on solids.
     
  2. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    Beef or dairy? Bulls, steers or heifers?
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Member

    Beef, they are a variety of steers and heifers.
     
  4. Yorkshire lad

    Yorkshire lad Member

    Location:
    yo42 4tc
    Don't wean them to young, reduce milk slowly they should be eating min 1kg head /day of a good quality 18% protein ration. I would give them much as they will eat when weaned and reduce the protein content as they grow.
    Keep them well bedded as a dry environment will help reduce risk of pneumonia . Offer them fresh straw to eat, don't feed hay as this encourages pot bellies due to their rumen not being fully developed
    A well reared calf is the foundation of any good dairy or beef animal it's false economy to cut corners at this stage
     
  5. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    Get them on dry feed asap (before weaning if poss.) Then after weaning put them on adlib calf grower and straw. Introduce some silage as they get older..
     
  6. chipchap

    chipchap Member

    Location:
    South Shropshire
    Cows gone with TB?
     
  7. Then graze them to grow frame
     
  8. Fordson1

    Fordson1 Member

    Location:
    Wexford, Ireland
    Not really serious advice but years ago we had a vet give a talk at a Macra (rural youth org) meeting. He asked for questions and one lad asked one very like yours. He said a good plan in the shed is to make them cubicles from pallets. 2 vertical for sides. 1 on the ground to keep bedding dry and 1 on top to stop draught. When done get in, kneel and prayers for a few minutes. 3 reasons:
    1. Kneeling is good way to know if the bed is dry.
    2. While there you'll get a feeling for whether it is drafty.
    3. Praying for a few minutes never did anyone any harm.
     

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