Falling in love with the wrong calf

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Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by BFE » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:45 am

Had the first calf of the season on 4-15. Five more calved yesterday the 19th. One of yesterdays calvers apparently fell in love with the 4-15 calf and won't take her own. I've never had this before. Anybody else had to deal with this?



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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:10 am

Separate them and only give her the option of her own calf for a few days
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by W.B. » Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:46 am

kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:10 am
Separate them and only give her the option of her own calf for a few days
The sooner the better also. Time matters in these deals. If she truly bonds with the wrong calf you will have a real fight to get her on her own. Rompum and Ace are used here when necessary. We had a bad 3 day blizzard with over 2 ft. Of snow last week so getting things paired up that calved in the mess was a use any means necessary proposition.

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by Nesikep » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:43 am

Yeah, gotta separate them by as much as possible, get that older calf out of sight and out of mind.
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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:46 pm

W.B. wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:46 am
kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:10 am
Separate them and only give her the option of her own calf for a few days
The sooner the better also. Time matters in these deals. If she truly bonds with the wrong calf you will have a real fight to get her on her own. Rompum and Ace are used here when necessary. We had a bad 3 day blizzard with over 2 ft. Of snow last week so getting things paired up that calved in the mess was a use any means necessary proposition.
Learned that trick at the American Fork ranch in MT. Nobody around here has ever heard of using that procedure.
If we'd of know this we'd of picked our own cotton.

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by 76 Bar » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:17 pm

Experienced this years ago. Didn't end well for the abandoned calf. Was the cow a first calf heifer? Occasionally they can be incredibly stupid. Whatever the outcome, if she were mine she'd be at the top of my cull list.

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by BFE » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:23 pm

Gonna try to pen them tomorrow, had family stuff all day. The calf is on the bottle, never had one take it so good. The cow hasn't done this before, but if she don't shape up quick, she's growing wheels.

Not familiar with Rompum, but I believe Ace is the horse traders dream, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by Till-Hill » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:52 am

True Grit Farms wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:46 pm
W.B. wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:46 am
kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:10 am
Separate them and only give her the option of her own calf for a few days
The sooner the better also. Time matters in these deals. If she truly bonds with the wrong calf you will have a real fight to get her on her own. Rompum and Ace are used here when necessary. We had a bad 3 day blizzard with over 2 ft. Of snow last week so getting things paired up that calved in the mess was a use any means necessary proposition.
Learned that trick at the American Fork ranch in MT. Nobody around here has ever heard of using that procedure.
Learned that the hard way, calving clubby bred heifers. Thank goodness I got the wife talked out of that! All but done with them things!

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by W.B. » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:52 am

In effect you are grafting a calf on your cow albeit her own calf. The hardests grafts I have done are where the calf was born alive and lived for a few days or more. The easiest grafts are where calf was born dead. In this case you don’t have a dead calf to skin. Good luck, if you are patient you might win this battle. Good luck also.

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Re: Falling in love with the wrong calf

Post by W.B. » Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:33 pm

W.B. wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:52 am
In effect you are grafting a calf on your cow albeit her own calf. The hardests grafts I have done are where the calf was born alive and lived for a few days or more. The easiest grafts are where calf was born dead. In this case you don’t have a dead calf to skin. Good luck, if you are patient you might win this battle.

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