We are new at having cows! And we desperately need help. We recently bought a calf that is 8 weeks old and she had been taken off of her mom for 3 days. She doesn't like the bottle and will not use it. She will eat hay and grain and drink water. I'm afraid she isn't getting all of what she needs to grow big and strong. Should I put her on one of my cows that I am milking? I have two and they will both let her nurse. I have a calf that is 5 months old and I am just now weaning her. She is with her mom all day but not at night. I turn them out together after I milk her mom in the morning. But I am not sure at what age a calf should be weaned? I don't want anything to happen to this sweet little girl I just got. I just don't know what to do, I even tried replacement milk but she won't take anything from the bottle and I tried putting raw milk in a bucket and replacement milk in a bucket and she won't even try to drink it. Please does any one know if I should just let her eat the hay and grain and water. Or should she be on milk? I don't want her to be small and skinny I want her to grow big and stong.
This is just my two cents worth, but if you have a cow that would feed her, I would let the cow feed her. I don't know about when to wean her but for now I would let her nurse. Janet
Buttercup, 2nd calf heifer (3/4 Jersey/1/4 Holstein) Cupcake (daughter of Buttercup) born 5-8-07 (7/8 Jersey/ 1/8 Holstein) BetsyRoss (daughter of Buttercup) b. 4/20/09 (7/8 Jersey 1/8 Holstein) 2 dogs - collie & English bull dog 7 cats Many old hens, young hens, too many roosters 9 guineas 5 Narragansett turkeys (Tom Hanks and his harem) 1 goat 2 geese Love them all
I, personally, would just keep her off the cow instead of trying to force her into nursing and the stomach upset that will accompany her having to digest milk after not having it for a while and then fighting to wean her all over again. If she is healthy and eating grown up food well she should be fine. Find a good calf starter grain, give her pasture and the nicest hay you have and she should thrive.
Isabelle, 16 year old Guernsey cow
Clovis, Jersey steer born 6/2/2012
I've only had two calves in my life, am expecting my third one this Sept. I let them nurse until 4 months old, if they ate some hay/grass as well, that's fine with me. I see this as a more gradual and more natural transition to becoming a ruminant as might happen if they were left to their own devices without human interference. When the vet saw my Camellia he said she would never look as well as she did if she hadn't been nursing so long. Weaning was a gradual process for me. I guess I'm just lucky but I never encountered the aggravations others on this board have experienced. If I had a cow who would nurse her I would allow her to do so.
madameecho1: Brand new to the site, and jersey cow and bull will be arriving today! Cow is 2.5 years old and 5.5 months preggers with first calf. Any suggestions greatly appreciated...
Apr 5, 2014 10:01:02 GMT -5
treatlisa: Welcome!! You will get more activity if you start a thread of your own. Good luck with your new ones!!
Apr 5, 2014 14:23:00 GMT -5
YounkerHomestead: I am sooo glad I found this site! I don't know many people in my area interested in owning a family dairy cow. I am really enjoying reading the threads from like minded people Good luck to everyone calving!
Apr 8, 2014 12:27:00 GMT -5
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Janene: Hello folks! Don't forget to look through the Tree of Knowledge! Loads of information there with photos in some sections!
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faithwingnut: Can someone give advice in the 911 section please!
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cheyne: Hi anyone here?
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mama1ruby: please help me identify a scaley round ringworm looking spots on my calves head and neck
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jennyinwexford: Cow with nose bleeds shakes head any ideas on why?
Jul 5, 2014 13:57:47 GMT -5
cathymb6: I have a new calf, not sure when to start milking heifer. Saw somewhere within the first 12 hours. Is this correct?
Jul 6, 2014 13:32:48 GMT -5
mommamary: Researching dual purpose milk and fiber goats. Does anyone have recommendations?
Jul 7, 2014 19:01:46 GMT -5
mommamary: I am researching goat breeds that have Both good milk and fiber for spinning. Are there any good ones?
Jul 7, 2014 19:03:44 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Problem w/fiber goats is they put their energy into fiber, not milk. Cashmere goats might work, but their fiber needs a special dehairing machine to remove a LOT of coarse hair from a bit of cashmere.
Jul 13, 2014 12:05:01 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Angora goats might work except they aren't bred to milk much or longer than their kids require. They're rather smaller animals and can be finicky.
Jul 13, 2014 12:08:13 GMT -5
beelady: i had an angora doe that was a precocious milker. huge udder too... right now im crossing angora buck on nubian does saving the doelings that show mohair/cashmere and breeding those onto angoras..
Jul 16, 2014 7:42:26 GMT -5
romal: hi there..does anyone know if the Heifer Diary will continue & how Joann is doing?
Jul 17, 2014 14:16:14 GMT -5
Chatty Kathy: I've been out of the KFC, milking mass quantities. I cannot seem to find Joann's current diary entries and saw a post asking how she is doing. She has been such an inspiration and help to me. I'd like to know how she is.
Jul 28, 2014 19:52:58 GMT -5
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