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KatG    Posted 07-03-2004 at 11:03:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HAppy "4th" everyone!!!! Do so enjoy this board and I am getting alot of great knowledge from it...My hubby and I have just started (2 months) of farming and cows...and chickens..Lots of work but we love it..We have lots of questions and no one to ask...We are both middle-aged and have just about forgot what we did know..lol..
The signss aren't in the foot until the first part of next month and the man that we bought our milk cow from has it down to dry her up on the 27th...Will it hurt to wait until the signs are right?? She is due to calve the 15th of Sept....I hope ya'll don't get tired of me asking so many questions..but I think I have found some knowledgeable folks on here...Thanks..KAtG


Donna from Mo    Posted 07-03-2004 at 11:22:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cows can be dry as short a time as six weeks, so if you want to wait for the signs to be right it shouldn't hurt. Burrhead tells me there's a shot you can give them for $3 that dries them up.


Burrhead    Posted 07-03-2004 at 12:48:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
10-4 on the shot.

Kat for some reason I cannot open the other thread so if you have anymore questions just fire away.

I'm with Donna on the time limits for drying the cow off. I most generaly shoot for 8-10 weeks but as long as the cow is healthy and not lacking for vitamins or minerals then 6 weeks is plenty of time.

She needs the dry time to start building her system up.

Just keep her a trace mineral salt block so she has ready access to it. I always leave my cows out in the pasture til calf time so she will get plenty of good green grass.

Then I put them in a corral so she can exercise and get in and out of the shed if it rains.


Burrhead    Posted 07-03-2004 at 13:01:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I finally got the other thread to open but I'll answer here.

The 2 month old is well enough along to wean if he's eating grass and/or feed.

If you don't have an area to pen him away from the nurse cow you can get a "Kant-Suck" at the feedstore for about $5 that keeps him from nursing but he will still be able to eat grass. feed or to get a drink of water.

It clips into his nose and has a fall down cover that covers the calf's mouth when he raises his head. When it's in place it's impossible for the calf to get a teat in it's mouth.

He'll still try and will get bad mad cause he can't nurse.


Larry 8N75381    Posted 07-03-2004 at 17:10:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got an old halter in the barn, left by the previous owner. It has wired to the top of it a part of a tin can the has bent up prongs ("V" shaped - point up!) on it. You can figure out what the cow would do when a calf with this halter on reaches under to nurse! :-) POOR calf, hard way to have momma wean it!! NOT fun for the cow either, but very effective, and essentially homemade.


Burrhead    Posted 07-03-2004 at 17:29:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
OUCH that is a good set up. It would have to work.


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