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My calf is a few weeks over a year old. Her mama is due any day to have her next calf, and I looked out this morning and she was nursing again. We weened the calf over July and they stayed appart for a while. We haven't had a problem until now. Do I just repeat the weening process? Will there be a problem with the mama because she has lost milk for the baby?
 

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It's not a problem with how you weaned I think. We have had cows that just nurse other cows. It's a very bad thing and repeating the weaning process won't work. If your cow was older, she would put that other one in her place and the pecking order would solve your problem. If this continues to be a problem you will have two choices to save her future calf for starving to death because of the other one nursing her, that is get rid of the misbehaving cow/separate them, or the veterinarians can do a process where they split the tongue so it cannot nurse. On our ranch we don't like that idea so cows nursing cows get sold.
 

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Absolutely adorable calf! I love Herefords!
Please do not "hope" she will kick the old calf off. The old calf will steal and get wise. I've seen old calves nurse from behind while the new baby nurses normal. Moms fooled to thinking it's just new baby. Don't let the old baby steal from the new pair.
Separate and let mom get nursed down a bit and bond with the new baby. Then once the new baby's strong enough to keep coming back (when kicked off) you can turn the old baby out with a nose ring in.
This can turn into a big problem if not taken care of soon.
Good luck. :)
 

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Absolutely adorable calf! I love Herefords!
Please do not "hope" she will kick the old calf off. The old calf will steal and get wise. I've seen old calves nurse from behind while the new baby nurses normal. Moms fooled to thinking it's just new baby. Don't let the old baby steal from the new pair.
Separate and let mom get nursed down a bit and bond with the new baby. Then once the new baby's strong enough to keep coming back (when kicked off) you can turn the old baby out with a nose ring in.
This can turn into a big problem if not taken care of soon.
Good luck. :)
This is absolutely right. Check out the video as above. The calf won't be getting all he needs until that older calf quits. You'd be astonished at how much milk a grown/half-grown calf will drink. Like GALLONS of milk, leaving very little for the baby calf
 

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I separated the calf from her that morning that I found out, and ten minutes later the mother went into labor. I will be keeping them separated for a while so that the baby can bond with the mother as planned. :)
 

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Ive got a muzzle my great gpa used years ago that has nails thru it. When i have one do that i put the muzzle on it and mama wont let it suck she dont like getting stuck. The nails are flat so they dnt puncture just very uncomfortable.
 

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There is a book by John Moran, called Calf Rearing. It is full of good information that has helped me improve my methods. You can buy it online but I'm not sure how much it costs.
 
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