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I am getting two Aberdeen Angus calfs which are two weeks old.

These will be my first cattle and I am a bit nervous about keeping them in good health.

I plan to keep them outside as after reading a number of books and articles I believe this is okay as the weather is reasonably warm.

What accessories will I need for my calfs? I understand I will need to bottle feed them a milk replacement, is there any other minerals or things I can give them to help them along?

When can I give them vaccinations and what should I vaccinate against?

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Try to get a good milk replacer that is all milk product and not soy based. Tractor supply has a good one that is reasonably priced and mixes up well. Did you ask if they were vaccinated when you bought them? We give ours a 7 way Clostridial vaccine called alpha seven at birth then we booster it about a month prior to weaning. You might keep some scours bolus on hand just in case as well. What do you plan to do with the calves in the end?


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I don't think they have been vaccinated yet, I plan to in the next week.
I plan to breed them In a few years but they are just pets until then.
 

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When can I introduce hay to my calves? One is 3 weeks and one is a month old.

How do I get them to start to eat there calf starter pellets? They have some in their pen but are not really interested
 

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Thanks for that, I was under the impression they had to wait a while before being on hay or put out on pasture
 

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They'll begin to eat it out of curiosity but it helps if they see another cow eating it. The bits of bacteria they get from eating a little bit of hay help to develop the good bacteria in the rumen. As this bacteria develops along with their rumen, they'll be able to eat more hay. Google rumen developments of calves, it's very interesting!


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What RanchWife said^^^^^
Ours have access to hay and starter grain from day 1.
I try and find a small stem softer hay to start my bottle calves on. Easier on the gut and they seem more interested in trying it. Has helped mine over the years. Once they are eating hay pretty well I'll get a better quality hay like alfalfa.
 

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My calves have had slight scours which I have managed to sort out with electrolyte drinks, I think I over fed them milk the first few days.

There behind is now slightly messy. Am I supposed to clean it up?
If so how do I go about doing it? What products should I use?
 

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Thanks for that, shame I don't have. Dog at the moment.

At what age can you start to bath and shampoo them?
 
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