Hay for cows

Discussion in 'General Cattle Discussion' started by cattlegirl, May 7, 2014.

  1. cattlegirl

    cattlegirl New Member

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    I have a calf that is a month and about 2 weeks and I dont know how much alafa hay he is supposed to have? Thanks
     
  2. DoubleR

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    Free choice is best :) What kind of calf? Is it weaned (guessing its a bottle calf?)
     

  3. cattlegirl

    cattlegirl New Member

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    It is a bottle fed calf and no not weaned
     
  4. DoubleR

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    I would offer a finer stem soft hay and free choice. If your alfalfa finer stemmed great. Also a calf starter grain. :) Good luck! Raising bottle calves can be so much fun! :)
     
  5. Fairfarmhand

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    He'll need some grass hay too. Give him as much grass hay as he wants. "free choice." Minerals and water along with proper amount of milk.
     
  6. cattlegirl

    cattlegirl New Member

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    He was starter pellets and grass and weeds and thank u
     
  7. cattlegirl

    cattlegirl New Member

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    What age are we supposed to stop the bottle? Thanks
     
  8. Krooked_S

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  9. DoubleR

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    When they are eating a good amount of hay and starter. Usually most people do 8-12 weeks. Us included.
     
  10. Fairfarmhand

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    We feed 2 bottles daily for about 3 months and 1 bottle daily until 6 months old. If you can't afford it, go as long as you can.
     
  11. cattlegirl

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    Ok. I think he is skinney. He doesnt like the alfalfa hay. But will eat timothy hay. Can I try to mixes? Or just strait timothy hay
     
  12. cattlegirl

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    Ok thanks. And we do his shots when we are done with bottle right?
     
  13. DoubleR

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    Is the alfalfa you have big stemmed?
    Most vaccinations are given at 2 months (8 weeks) and a booster at 3 months (12 weeks). Most manufacturers state that the vaccinations aren't effective prior to this. REMEMBER TO BOOSTER! It's important for a vaccination to be fully effective. Read your labels. It will tell you exactly when and if a booster is needed. :)
     
  14. cattlegirl

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    Yes it is stemmed and thanks
     
  15. DoubleR

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    You need to find a smaller, finer stemmed alfalfa if you can. Calves tend to have a problem chewing real stemmy stuff. :)
     
  16. cowgirl12

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    Try to get a fine stemmed alfalfa hay, he needs the protein and calcium in it for growth. I'd leave the grass hay free choice as others said, and give a serving of alfalfa hay twice a day.

    Calves need the nutrients from the alfalfa, but roughage from the grass for rumen development.
     
  17. cattlegirl

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    Thanks he finally started eaten the alfalfa hay. Thanks yll!! :)
     
  18. DoubleR

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    Good to hear! Great job! Keep it up :)