Raising bottle calves

Discussion in 'Dairy Cattle Discussion' started by Nsfarms4, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Nsfarms4

    Nsfarms4 New Member

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    Hello all hope your having a great day. I am new here and didn't see a bottle calf topic so I thought I would start on. I buy bull calves from some dairy farmers around me and raise them. I love my babies. Anyone else on here raise bull calves? I sell them when there about 300 lbs at the local sale barn. Here is a pic of me getting kisses form one oft babies. ImageUploadedByCattle Forum1395929961.014075.jpg
     
  2. Krooked_S

    Krooked_S New Member

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    We raise bull and heifers both. It's a little work but there's a little reward in it. Currently we have 5 heifers that we have weaned off bottle.
     

  3. Krooked_S

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    ImageUploadedByCattle Forum1395941051.102285.jpg ImageUploadedByCattle Forum1395941145.988911.jpg ImageUploadedByCattle Forum1395941259.270229.jpg
    Here is some of the reward I discussed earlier teaching or kids the way of life and enjoying being a farmer and spending good quality family time together which is long gone to most
     
  4. Fairfarmhand

    Fairfarmhand New Member

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    I do. But I do it with a twist. I allow my Jersey cow to do the raising. Right now she's raising 3 calves.
     
  5. cattlegirl

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    We this got a bull calf Wednesday that we are bottle feeding!! :)) We love him!!
     
  6. rene

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    This was my first 3 years ago
     

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  7. Bull-calves74

    Bull-calves74 New Member

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    I just started raising bull calves. I plan on doing the same (raising them until 4-500 lbs). I have been doing the math and I'm curious how much do you make on yours. I don't see making very much if any on the 2 I have now.
     
  8. rene

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    I get about 10 -15 gallons of milk a day from work pot milk. I work at a dairy farm. But I marketed them to private ppl. I sold them for 100$ 6 weeks old. I paid 30$ for them 2day old. Iwas getting 6 calves all At once. But im raisin to 600lb now to butcher and make ground meat out of it all and sell it to family and friends for 4.25$/lb.
     
  9. rene

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    $100 sounds cheap. at that tries I can move them as quick as I can get them, given that they only cost $30 apiece and I get the milk for free. my cost to raise them for 6 weeks is roughly about $40. I guess to make the cost of the CAlf would be about twice as much as your feed bill usually.
     
  10. Krooked_S

    Krooked_S New Member

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    We sell ours at roughly 8 to ten weeks old for $250 so its usually $100 profit per calf. Holstein bull calves that weigh 300 pounds were going for 1.40 something at stockyard the other week
     
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  11. Nsfarms4

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    Sold my 4 10 week olds yesterday. They weighed 156 and brought $2.27 a lb. I sold at our local sale barn. I made a very small profit of of this group. I don't raise the calves for money I do it for the therapy. My husband would like for me to make money in it but unless you can do large groups at a time we just haven't found a way to make it work out in our favor.
     
  12. rene

    rene New Member

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    The love of raisin one to see it run through the field bucking and kicking is a great paycheck
     
  13. redneckgurl_13

    redneckgurl_13 New Member

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    I'm new here..and new to raising cattle as well. I'm starting an SAE in dairy cattle and am getting two bottle calves next week! A jersey/Holstein cross heifer and a jersey bull. I planned on raising them both and then breeding when they were old enough to get milk and a calf but..then I read about how crazy and mean jersey bulls can be..and now I'm not sure what I'm gonna do about it
     
  14. DoubleR

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    Redneckgurl_13,
    Welcome to the forum. :)
    Please take a minute and post an introduction in the Introduction section so our wonderful members can welcome you. :)
    I'd also recommend starting a thread of your own on your topic as you'll get a lot more great help from members. :)
    If you need any assistance posting feel free to PM me :)
     
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  15. rene

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    Its a give and take. At work them bulls are as gentle as a baby. But I always keep a look out for them
     
  16. redneckgurl_13

    redneckgurl_13 New Member

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    If I decide to castrate my bull and fatten him up for beef, what should I be feeding him? Since he is dairy can I still give him beef feed/grain to put weight on him? I know cracked corn is good for that, but what else? And how early do I start giving it to him?