Hi All- we just picked up 5 little bottle fed jerseys and Holsteins. They are all bulls and are about 2 weeks old, and will be castrated this weekend. One of them has been mooing constantly for 24 hours (since we brought him home). They are all together and no one else is making a peep. We are feeding them 3 pints of milk morning and night, they have access to hay and calf starter. They are in a dry clean place... we don’t know how long ago he was taken from mom but he takes a bottle like a champ. Will he settle down??
He may have been on the cow longer than the others. Also, 3 pints of milk per feeding is not enough. If none of them are scouring, they should be up to at least 2 QTS (4 pints) per feeding. Yes even the jerseys. You didn't put in where you are located, but they will need the milk to keep up their body heat in the cold weather. Many dairies here are feeding 3 qts a feeding now and finding that their calves are growing better. Still keeping the grain and hay in front of them and weaning at 8-12 weeks all according to what they are eating.
Full time milk tester for 27 + years and slowing down now, due to the dairy industry financial problems, and retirement We have beef cattle and I have several Jerseys, and crosses, that I use as nurse cows and milk for the house. Have milked on several farms over the years. Active participant on BYH forum and CT.
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