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Anybody experienced with a blind calf?
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screaminghollow    Posted 08-11-2004 at 13:11:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
We were given a blind bull calf that was very sickly. He is now 6 weeks old and starting to gain weight. he grazes just fine at this point. We figured we'd "steer" him in a few weeks when he is feeling better. he now leads by his collar just fine and he recognizes his name. even turns toward you when you call his name.
If he is going to turn into a big unmanageable beast, I'd might as well slice and dice him now. Any ranchers out there ever have a blind beef animal???

Redmud    Posted 08-11-2004 at 18:04:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
What is the weight of the calf? I have a recipe that you might try.

Sid    Posted 08-11-2004 at 15:42:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a calf that was blind for about three weeks, the other calf seemed to realize this and would escort hime to the barn when it was feed time and to and from the water and pasture.

Dee in mid MO    Posted 08-11-2004 at 13:40:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
screaminghollow: If you prepare a safe place for it, and it learns to trust your voice & touch, you should not have any problems. Of course, if he wants to play with you, best beware of his head butting; LOL! Don't forget there needs to be a holiday per instructions on labels for any deworming or meds given prior to becoming your food. On the University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Production website, Dr. Rick Rasby invites questions on bovine.

deadcarp    Posted 08-11-2004 at 13:39:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Neighbor has a blind cow ("blindie" - the kids named her) and she's such a character. Her curiosity makes up for the lack of sight. Good gal. :)

Burrhead    Posted 08-11-2004 at 13:19:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yessir I've raised 3 or 4 of them thru the years. As long as you keep them penned away from dangerous places like steep ditch banks and the likes so they don't hurt themselves they do alright.

jim    Posted 06-09-2009 at 09:23:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you wean early or leave with mother the normal amount of time? If with mom, how to provide adequate pasture etc for her?

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