Transition age depends on your weather I guess, my calf is 6 months old now and hasn't had access to shelter except a shade tree since he was 6 weeks old. Depending on the weather this winter he may get a stall or not. My beef cows and calves stay out year round so sometimes the house calf has to man up like his cousins. Our winters tend to be pretty mild and wet, with an occasional snow storm, so I just play it by ear. We also don't really have mud despite the 100" of annual rain, so mileage may vary depending on your conditions.
I attempt to keep a farm blog at: matronofhusbandry.wordpress.com/ Jory, Guernsey heifer, numerous beef cows, and an opinionated Australian Shepherd. RIP Jane, my latest heart cow.
It's been good and interesting. First, I wished I'd listened to y'all and separated all the way, right off the bat.
I kinda waffled a bit, letting him stay with her full time for over 24 hours then separated overnight for a couple of days before deciding to fully bottle feed.
Bottle feeding is great. I seriously love it. It clashes a bit with my ethos but having a cooperative cow and easy milking sessions pretty much trump everything, lol.
Things have been ticking along pretty good but I still felt like she wasn't giving a complete letdown. Last night I caught her backed up to his gate so he could snitch milk through the slates!
Today I moved him out to pasture and she's having a total meltdown. While I was literally moving him from barn to pasture she was tethered.....but freaked out, busting her collar and pulled up the hog panel/post she was attached to! Thank goodness I locked the gate behind me! (She did take a couple of runs at it; I was terrified she was going to try a jump)
She's able to walk right up to the field fence of his paddock to touch noses with him but is supremely miffed with me. This evening's milking was me dodging around as she try to kick my face in, crapping and holding up. Calf absolutely does not care. No stress on his part. He's got a belly full of bottle and is kicking up his heels.
Should I stick to the routine and let her work through it? Move him even further away?
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Oct 13, 2019 20:10:32 GMT -5
Stick to routine - in a week she'll get better. My tildy has memory like an elephant and pouts forever... She also will then let calf nurse if he gets out and when she kicks me without warning, I know Calf got out and nursed....
Sigh.... Sadly, it's either or with calf sharing- all or nothing. It's a rare cow that will truly share all of it with you and her offspring. I have known a few. Very few. Now that I am back to 3X day calf bottle feeding with my new Guernsey baby, warming milk for two of those, it reminds how much more dedication is required. I love the job, but it becomes your life. OAD milking is a life saver if you have work or family commitments and don't want to burn out without help. It's not my preference but required here for now. I once had a similar experience when I separated a bold and protective mum from her calf in the next pasture. I was about 200 yards away when I saw it happen and knew it was about to as I headed out on a dead run to stop it. She smashed through a four strand barbed wire fence, ripped two teats and her udder badly. The vet bill and injured udder was a lesson I will never forget. At this point your only hope is complete separation- to voice and smell and sight. I do believe calves need to be socialized after a few weeks, each situation is different.
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