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Jen in N. Florida    Posted 06-29-2004 at 07:13:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
bottle calves? And when is the best time of year to get them or is there one? Any help would be greatly appreciated.. thanks



Sid    Posted 06-29-2004 at 10:53:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to raise calves on the bottle I was getting all the bulls from my brother. One year I had more than I could take care of and was a little short of cash so I loaded up about seven ot eight and took them to the sale barn. The oldest was about a week old an the least I got for any of them was $130. That same night calves already weaned and in good shape sold for $140- $160. I would suggest you price feed and milk replacer as well as calf prices. One thing I would stress along with what has been posted here if you do buy bottle calves insist that they have nursed and have had colostrum in the very early hours after birth. It has been my experience that this will help prevent a lot of problems.


henrich Iowa    Posted 06-29-2004 at 07:53:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bottle calves are available every day at most dairies. You may also want to check with a local sale barn. Remember, milk needs to be available every day on the shelf, so in the same sense there needs to be a fresh cow that had a calf to produce that milk. This is not an insult but think in relationship to the human female. They only give milk when they have a child, so cattle are that way also. Their production cycle of producing milk may be around nine to twelve months, then they need to be as the term says dried up and bred again, wait the nine months and you get another calf and the milk cycle starts again.


Jen in N Florida    Posted 06-29-2004 at 08:14:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
and now for a stupid question... What would you say when calling a dairy? There's one a couple miles up the road from me.

And do you know if Bottle calves are the same as Feeder calves?


Burrhead    Posted 06-29-2004 at 09:05:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jen in my area we call the calf you want *day olds* or doagy calves. They maybe anywhere from 1 day to several days old but they still have a wet navel.

On the feeder calves, I don't know the age limits in other areas of the country for the calves but around my area the feeder calves are weaned or at least of weaning age and can get by on dry feed as opposed to a bottle. They can be anywhere from 2 months old to yearlings.


Jen in N Florida    Posted 06-29-2004 at 09:41:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, my father in law called them feeder calves but I thought feeder calves were bigger like you said.. Thanks


Ron/PA    Posted 06-29-2004 at 08:59:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jen, you would want to ask them if they have any bullies for sale. That is unless you plan to milk. No Bottle calves aren't the same as feeder calves in MOST areas. Feeder calves are usually started and larger, all you need to do is bring them home and feed them out.
Now here at poverty patch, we don't bottle feed any calves we don't have to. We bucket feed. Which means that we mix the replacer up in a bucket and convince them that this is the way mom wanted them to eat.
If this is your first time raising calves, I'd look for a local dairy, and talk to the owners. Be very very honest and explain to them that this is your start. Ask them if you can consult them with your questions? Talk to them about their choice of vets, how about castrations, will they do it, or should you get a vet? What Milk replacer do they use, where do you get it.
Follow the directions on the bag to the letter regarding milk temperatures.
Learn what scours are, they can be your calves worst enemy. How about de-horning? ask them what they do.
Most of these farmers are family folks, and they're your neighbors, they care what happens to that calf, and most will help you get started.
Most of all, I'd recommend that you not get overly attached to your calves, let them step on your foot once in a while, when you are cleaning stalls, then you won't feel so bad come butchering time.
Good luck lady, if you follow through with this, and look as I do on the world, you will spend wayyyy too many hours leaning over the fence amazed at the critters you're tending.
Ron


Jen in N Florida    Posted 06-29-2004 at 09:39:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
although it's not my FIRST time raising calves you might as well say it is. I have 2 calves. A bull calf and a heifer calf. The bull calf I bottle fed. They are both Brangus.

As far as stalls goes we don't have a barn. Everyone around here says ya don't need one. I guess it doesn't get cold enough to pose a problem. I think it does however. It got down to 28 once or twice for a few hours this past winter. Then again I am a softy when it comes to animals. This is our first year in north florida. we are only 30 min from Valdosta, GA. We moved up here from central florida. Can't believe the difference 3 hours makes in the cold. We live on 10 acres. 8-9 of it is pasture.
Is it possible to make money small time raising cows? I don't mean A LOT of money but just some extra cash. And if so what would be the best way to go about that? any idea? I was thinking about buying a couple bottle calves and raising them up to about 500lbs on pasture and then selling them. My lack of knowledge on raising cattle may show through there but 2 people around here had mentioned it to me so I thought I'd look into it.
I'm trying to figure out how I can make some extra money from home. I'm a stay at home mom and an animal lover. I'd like to do something with animals to make some extra money.
Thanks so much for the previous informative reply.


eg    Posted 06-29-2004 at 07:19:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
you might check with lee adams. good luck, eg


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