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Sam    Posted 05-30-2003 at 05:03:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just bought 3 pair and 4 heffers (pregnant , due in Sept.) Sould I keep them in the barn two or three days before letting them out to pasture? They will be delivered today rather than next week due to the weather. Thanks for any quick information! Also the man has a ginny for $40. Will it be worth it to have her around?

Farmer Gene (WI)    Posted 05-30-2003 at 12:42:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would keep them in the barn for a few days so they settle down and get used to you. They should be kept seperate from any of your other animals for a while anyway, because of the chance of them carrying some disease. Fill them full of hay before letting out on pasture.

Sam    Posted 05-30-2003 at 14:02:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the reply! They came early this morning and I did put them in the barn with a roll of hay and plenty of water plus range pellets. All are calming down now and seem to be doing ok. Do you think that a week in would be too long to keep them in the barn? Do want to see if they have any diseases or are sick.Thanks a million for the reply!

Lazy Al    Posted 05-31-2003 at 04:07:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keep them a little hungry for the first week
and if one isn't comming up to eat , would be a good sign that it is not feeling good ,

JanO    Posted 05-30-2003 at 18:10:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sam, we always keep our cattle seperate from the rest of the heard a couple days. Of course everybody has their own way of doing things, but I don't ever remember waiting more then that to turn them out with the rest. Just make sure you do it early enough in the morning so they can find the fence line, and get to know the rest of their new "family" before it gets dark.

You don't want any of them going through the fence in the middle of the night, although if that happens, I doubt that they would wander too far from the heard.

Sam    Posted 05-30-2003 at 20:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the reply JanO! They are settled down in the barn and everything seems ok.

Has anyone ever had any experience with a hinny or jenny to protect the calves. Have coyotes that are now in 2 to 3 packs. Can't get close enough to shoot them but have heard that a henny/jenny will do the trick.

Terry Nelson    Posted 05-30-2003 at 21:52:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sam, while traveling across Montana on I-90/94 last summer, I saw some sheep and/or goats that had a burro nestled in with them. My presumption was that the burro was there for protection. I doubt if any number of coyotes want anything to do with those sharp hooves!

Sam    Posted 05-31-2003 at 18:52:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Terry for the information. The burro is supposed to protect the new born calves I was told so I am going to try it at least. All the cows are still in the barn and are doing fine. Thanks to all for the information.

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