I have 2 cows. Cow #1 has her natural calf, cow #2 lost her calf at birth, so i brought in a drop calf the next day. The pairing process has been very difficult, cow #2 continues to push the drop calf away, while allowing the calf belonging to cow #1 to nurse freely, even going so far (as it appears) to put herself in position near (almost on top of) cow #1's calf while it is sleeping so that when it gets up, cow #2's udder is in the calf's face! If the cow had hands, i believe she would put her teat in the calf's mouth! I guess the question is, how can I encourage cow #2 to accept the drop calf, and why would the cow accept one calf over the other when neither one is her natural calf? Is it possible that the coloring of the calves might have some influence? The cows are belted, the natural calf is mostly black and the drop is holstein with a lot of white. The calves are 3 and 4 months old and the process we have to go thru to make sure both calves get adequate milk is a real pain and would welcome any input on how to make this easier, but I think it is too early to wean the calves, although i did consider a modified nose ring for the natural calf, thinking that natural mama might allow nursing while cow #2 might be more inclined to accept the drop over calf with nose ring.
Sonoma County California Posted about 1 month ago
I am new to raising beef cattle, and have been researching planting C4 grasses with C3 grasses for pasture that produce higher forage from April through October. Is mixing of the grasses advisable? Where can I find more documentation? Where can I get additional help if needed?
Jackson County Ohio Posted 7 months ago
I am doing some work in the context of Gaborone, Botswana. We are looking at trying the pedestal grazing system as developed in Cuba. The pedestal system utilizes a frames covered in mesh with legumes growing on the frame, combined with grass corridors between the mesh frames. The cattle can graze on the growing tips of legumes growing on the mesh frames, while the legume pods can also be harvested from within the frame. (see image below) This creates more grazing area and more food production per unit area. If you are familiar with this system, do you know how many cattle per grazing area are achievable and the crop rotations required ?
St. Louis County Minnesota beef cattle Posted over 1 year ago
Hello, was just given 6 acres of land and was trying to find a way to make some money off of it so it has positive cash flow into my pocket. Would it be worth it to have 3 cows or should I go with something else? Thanks Marc
Columbia County Florida Posted over 1 year ago
I read your post about grain finishing with your cattle having access to the pasture, but what does the progression look like when the cattle are in the pens. Do you have the same weekly progression for your grain at a 2 lb increase per week, and what does the hay plan look like? Do you start the first week with full access to hay and then how do you scale down their hay poundage? thank you for any insight...
New Mexico Posted over 1 year ago
how can I calculate rumin degradable protein ?
Outside United States beef cattle Posted over 1 year ago
I am considering getting a pair of feeder angus heifers, they were born in March of 2018 and now weigh roughly 600-640, I just sent on a pair of steers that finished at 1575. I’m wondering how far behind these heifers will finish out at compared to steers?
Medina County Ohio Posted almost 2 years ago
I read a post about finishing some heifers (https://ask.extension.org/questions/202874#view-response-228895) and it was said that they could grow about 2-3 lbs per day. I have a similar scenario, except with black angus steers. I understand steers grow faster than heifers, but I was was not sure by how much more. I bought three black angus steers on May 1 at an average weight of 723 lbs and I would like to finish them by Dec 1. We have a lush green pasture and plenty of water. Some I will finish with grain (although not sure what is recommended). What weight could I get them to by then and how fast could I anticipate them to grow per day?
Nevada Posted over 2 years ago
Hello, we have a steer who ate some of an english laurel plant that our neighbors had tossed over the fence. For the first 24 hrs, he was a bit shaky and not acting right at all. By yesterday, Monday, he seems to be doing well, walking well, and both eating and drinking. The laurel plants, we read, are highly poisonous with cyanide. He is scheduled for slaughter probably the first part of September, a little over four months from now. Our question: should we be at all concerned about the safety of the meat?
Clackamas County Oregon Posted over 2 years ago