When to pull a twin?

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When to pull a twin?

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:23 pm

Got an old cow, that just about always has twins. She’s in labor now (hoping it’s just one). I usually leave em both on her, till one gets about 10 weeks old. She just don’t have the milk for two this year. When should I pull it, to raise it on a bottle? She’s been a good one, but I guess I’ll sell her due to age in the spring. She still gets fat, but her milk production has dropped way off.


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Re: When to pull a twin?

Post by bball » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:25 pm

After it's had some colostrum. Isolate it and get it started on a bottle. Good luck. I strongly dislike twins.
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Re: When to pull a twin?

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:27 pm

bball wrote:
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After it's had some colostrum. Isolate it and get it started on a bottle. Good luck. I strongly dislike twins.
I had 72 hours in mind.
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Re: When to pull a twin?

Post by bball » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:30 pm

Bigfoot wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:27 pm
bball wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:25 pm
After it's had some colostrum. Isolate it and get it started on a bottle. Good luck. I strongly dislike twins.
I had 72 hours in mind.
Prolly work just fine. I have found its easier to get them started on a bottle when they have had less time on mothers teat. After 24 hrs, calf doesn't benefit from the immunity perks of colostum too much
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Re: When to pull a twin?

Post by Silver » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:06 pm

About as soon as it's licked off after birth. I'd milk enough colostrum from the cow or if she's short mix up a bag of colostrum and get it in the calf right away and carry on.

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Re: When to pull a twin?

Post by sim.-ang.king » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:16 pm

Till you can find someone to buy it.
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Re: When to pull a twin?

Post by darcelina4 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:08 pm

Where are you at? I buy those kinds of calves. I prefer them 24 hours old. I raised many on a bottle but now I have nurse cows.

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