Orphan Calf

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debra wiltshire
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Orphan Calf

Post by debra wiltshire »

Hello,

First time we have experienced this but we have a 6 week old heifer calf which we are bottle feeding. We are offering
her a small amount of calf nuts and she has had access to hay.
Would appreciate some advice...how many ltr. you think we should be feeding her a day...and for how long should we be
offering her milk?
She is today going from a stable to an outside pen with another mum and calf around her. When we know that she will come
to us for a feed we will open the pen up to the paddocks.

Any advice would be lovely IMG_0983.JPG
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Re: Orphan Calf

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Keep the milk going for a while yet, she needs to be on the hard food proper before you wean her off.
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Louisa Gidney
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Re: Orphan Calf

Post by Louisa Gidney »

See the thread "how much milk does an orphan calf need" from May 2018, it's a couple of pages down the list of topics. The heifer I was rearing then was weaned at 5 months on to grass. She had a super bull calf in March this year. She was offered sugar beet pellets as a baby, I've never had any success with either lambs or calves eating weaning mixes, hens end up getting most of it. Everything here eats sugar beet and learns from mum.
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