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Weaning calves
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Mac    Posted 07-23-2002 at 12:47:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
How long should you keep the calves seperated from the cows when weaning them? Thanks

Les...One more thing    Posted 07-24-2002 at 14:53:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
The older a calf is when you wean it, the longer it will take, generally speaking.

Les...fortunate    Posted 07-23-2002 at 14:43:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shelby gave good advice. Are you drying the cow off or are you milking her?
Whenever my father weaned a calf, it didn't take too long. I bet if they were totally separated for as little as a week, two at the most, and the calf had learned to drink out of a pail, there would be no problem with the calf going back to sucking his mother.

Promise Land Ranch    Posted 07-23-2002 at 14:38:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Most people seperate the calves and cows and keep the calves in seperate pens for until the time they are sold or are ready to breed. But if you don't have lots of cows this isn't worth it and you can put the calves back with the cows after the cow are completely dried up and their udders are soft and pliable again. The calves may rejoin their mothers and try to suckle again but no self-respecting cow will let a calf suck on a dry udder and the calf will probably give up when they don't get any milk.

Hope this helps, Shelby

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