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weaning early..5 mos

Postby dieselbeef » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:39 am

maybe 4 1/2 ...disadvantages?

planned on having all 10 sold at 5 mos but sale didn't go thru...typical

theyre offa mommas at 5 mos..usually wait til 6 or later if I cant catch em or something...theyre all already bunk broke and backgrounded so theyre good to go...just curious what yall think..theyre doing great after 2 weeks offa momma so it don't seem like a problem
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby holm25 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:47 am

We usually let ours go 7 months... But I think that should be fine...
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Postby MRRherefords » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:18 am

If they are eating feed and hay, they will be fine.
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby J&D Cattle » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:52 am

I'm weaning calves a month early this year as we need to heal up some old cows before we sell them towards the end of the year. These will be 5-7 months. I'd rather the cow be raising them than me though.
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby dieselbeef » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:21 am

gives cows an extra month too
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby farmerjan » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:11 pm

If they are eating grain and hay, and not walking fences bawling for momma, then they should do fine. It's the weaning early and them not eating well that will really hit them. Think about it, most dairies keep the calves on milk for only 6-12 weeks at most. The calf is eating 2% of it's body weight in grain, as well as getting going on hay when it is weaned off the bottle. NOT saying this is ideal, but if they are eating then they can get enough nutrition from the grain and the hay will help stimulate the rumen, and they will grow. We usually wean our beef calves in the 6-9 month range; depending on the cows' condition, pasture conditions, market prices, whether we have to move cows or other circumstances but we have weaned as early as 5 months. It is just a whole lot easier and less costly to leave them on the cow if pasture grass, and body condition of the cow, is adequate.
Sounds like they are doing fine for you; hope you find another sale.
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby 1982vett » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:17 am

Disadvantage is the cost of feed. Mama can feed them cheaper than you can. You've got them weaned so theirs no going back now. But weaning and starting them on feed early like this almost makes pets out of them. They really can gentle down. Mama probably doesn't need the extra month to "recoup" condition either. Early weaning can be beneficial for young first time calvers since they are still maturing.
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby HDRider » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:16 pm

dieselbeef wrote:maybe 4 1/2 ...disadvantages?

planned on having all 10 sold at 5 mos but sale didn't go thru...typical

theyre offa mommas at 5 mos..usually wait til 6 or later if I cant catch em or something...theyre all already bunk broke and backgrounded so theyre good to go...just curious what yall think..theyre doing great after 2 weeks offa momma so it don't seem like a problem

I am doing one at that age too. Seems fine. Eating grass and feed good.
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby dieselbeef » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:15 pm

good enough I sold 4 of em today at better than mkt avg..both parties were very happy and they are a well known cattle family with around 200 hd of purebred brahmas
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby farmerjan » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:53 pm

dieselbeef wrote:good enough I sold 4 of em today at better than mkt avg..both parties were very happy and they are a well known cattle family with around 200 hd of purebred brahmas


Good for you, glad it turned out well
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby jerry27150 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:03 pm

wean all my heifer calves & steers on heifers at 5 months anymore, just put them on good grass for a while then later start on whole corn. other steers I wean at 6 months.
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby sim.-ang.king » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:05 am

5 months is early?
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Re: weaning early..5 mos

Postby dieselbeef » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:52 am

usually I wait til 6 mos for anything gping straight to the market..if im gonna hold em to grow out for sale I tried it early this yr..worked out good. sometimes I will keep em til they get to 8-9 mos to bring more money if the grass will hold em
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