Quiet wean nose flaps

Dman2

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Location
Durham, UK
would they stop calves sucking each other when on the bucket.
We rear in batches of 12 with 4 to a pen, this last lot are buggers for sucking each other.
 

GenuineRisk

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Location
Somerset
We've just used our first batch and, like Wendy, can't recommend them highly enough either! Not a peep out of either weaned calves or their dams. We put them on about three weeks or so before we actually separated the weanlings. They haven't gone back at all and all are eating very well, will certainly continue to use them.
 

Wendy10

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Location
Carmarthenshire
We've just used our first batch and, like Wendy, can't recommend them highly enough either! Not a peep out of either weaned calves or their dams. We put them on about three weeks or so before we actually separated the weanlings. They haven't gone back at all and all are eating very well, will certainly continue to use them.
We have found the calves do much better, seem to keep growing without the "check" weaning can cause. And sooo quiet!
 

Wendy10

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Location
Carmarthenshire
http://quietwean.com/?page_id=28 is the website. Does anyone use them immediately before selling at a suckler sale? Presume it keeps cows quieter as well?
That's what we have done. They have been in about 3 weeks. Cows dried off nicely and took a batch of calves to mart today. Not a sound from the cows. The auctioneer commented they must have eaten a lot of cake, but they haven't had any at all, just their "special" silage in their creep shed. We took the flaps out yesterday and shut them in the creep shed over night, just in case they tried to suck again.
 

Spartacus

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Lancaster
That's what we have done. They have been in about 3 weeks. Cows dried off nicely and took a batch of calves to mart today. Not a sound from the cows. The auctioneer commented they must have eaten a lot of cake, but they haven't had any at all, just their "special" silage in their creep shed. We took the flaps out yesterday and shut them in the creep shed over night, just in case they tried to suck again.
What age were you weaning at? Thing that worries me with ours is we wean in Oct so the weather will play a part in dragging them back at bit then normally. Did you do any testing to see how they compared to others with traditional weaning? Guessing the result sounds to have given the objective you wanted anyway though (y)
 

Wendy10

Member
Location
Carmarthenshire
We wean at 10 months. Or a bit less if the Dam has caught the bull a bit early. Don't like the cows dry too long. This is the first time we have used them, I suppose the silage is very good this year (analysed at 16.5 protein, was told we didn't need to feed cake with it) but it must have an effect on the calves not bawling for days on end? They do look really well.
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
we have used similar clips for years one thing I will say is they can rub inside the calves nose so keep an eye on this or have a look when you take them out, this make may be ok though, I only leave them in a week max
 

roscoe erf

Member
Livestock Farmer
same idea as these been using them to wean calves
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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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