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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. Vertebrate Working animal Mammal Jacket Cap
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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
 

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

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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?
 
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