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Treats for calves
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Kirk    Posted 09-20-2004 at 08:33:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a few calves that I'm basically just keeping for pets. They are eating calf starter well and pasture grass but I continue to give them a bottle about every other day. When the current bag of milk replacer runs out then I'll stop with the milk. My question concerns "treats" for cows. Is there anything like carrots, apples etc. that are safe for cows like peopl give to horses?

mike    Posted 09-20-2004 at 11:11:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
sweet corn gone past and to big for us to eat? may have to husk it first time or 2 but they will catch on

Linda in Utah    Posted 09-20-2004 at 10:44:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
We feed apples that have fallen from our trees to our cows by the bucketful. Since your calves are bottle babies, you might have to cut a slice of apple and push it into their mouths the first time, but they'll quickly catch on. Or slice up an apple or other fruit or vegetable and leave the slices in their grain/starter so they can learn that this, too, is food. They'll come to love nearly any fruit or vegetable. I've seen my cows fighting over pumpkins that were tossed into their pasture.

I brought our bull home a couple of weeks ago, along with a weanling bull calf. Yesterday I took a bucket of apples out to the bulls. The calf looked a bit confused but watched the older bull carefully. When he saw the older bull stick his head through the feeder panel and start eating an apple, he quickly ran over and sniffed the older bull's mouth. It was as if a light bulb went on in his head. He pulled his head back, ran over to where I had dumped a few apples for him and started chowing down. Some folks say a cow can choke on an apple, but - knock on wood - that's never happened with our cows.

Calves learn most commonly by example - they watch other cows and what they eat. Don't feed too much of a new food to your calves at once, or they may bloat. But, they'll tolerate moderate amounts of new foods just fine.

Kirk    Posted 09-20-2004 at 11:09:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you for your responses. I did slice a peach yesterday and one of them ate it and the others weren't too interested. I'll try some cut up apples.

tp    Posted 09-20-2004 at 10:39:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey Kirk .
they would love fresh corn shucks if you could get them this time of year ..with winter coming on
you might want to give them a small amount of
range cubes every day ..this is a protien supplement and contain vitamins and minerals that
they need ..

PLR    Posted 09-20-2004 at 11:21:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My cows get cookies that my mom makes for dogs and horses. But these are the extras I get for free. They also love Carrots, Apples, Squash and Zuchinni, anything leafy and green from the garden except the toxic plants. Several of my cows refuse to eat any treats but the cookies so some will never catch on. You can mix molasses with grain and bake it like a granola barn and they will love this sweet treat.


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