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Post by Annaaa » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:43 pm

A couple of weeks ago I bought a 6 month old heifer calf. Angus/limousine cross. She had never been handled until I picked her up. At first, she was very flighty but slowly, she’s coming around. She moos if she can’t see me, she will eat bread out of my hand now, and will eat her feed out of her bucket with me holding or touching it. However, if I even try to touch her she gets jumpy. I’ve had the typical “cow experts” from my area tell me to get rid of her and that she will hurt me, but she hasn’t actually made contact with me a single time. She has others, but not me. I’m her source of food, water, and treats. So my question basically is, what can I do extra here to get her to trust me more? I don’t want her to necessarily be a pet, I have a bottle calf for that, but I want her to not be so jumpy and to calm down somewhat. I’ve done this previously with a long horn calf that actually headbutt me every time I got close to her, and she came around, but this one seems more strong willed. Any advice is greatly appreciated! 😊



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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by kenny thomas » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:41 pm

If you have only had her a couple weeks I think you and her are doing great
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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by ez14. » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:47 pm

She already sounds pretty tame to me

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Annaaa » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:50 pm

She’s definitely still ready to charge you if you corner her, which is why people have told me to get rid of her. I try to just talk to her and just walk around her pen and all to make her know I’m no threat. I can’t get a halter on her or anything so I didn’t know if there was possibly anything else I could try to gain her trust more.

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Redgully » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:56 pm

Wash her once a day for a week, she'll be fine after that. Of course only if she is halter broken.

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by slick4591 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:07 pm

I like my girls at arms length. Last thing I want is one that wants to rub on you. Sounds like you are there.
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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Midtenn » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:51 pm

Sounds gentle to me. Right where I want them is to eat with me standing there. No need for me to touch them anyway until they're in the chute.

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by wbvs58 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:54 am

Do you have a chute or some means of confining her? If so get her up there once a day and start grooming her with a rubber curry comb, just concentrate around the tail head, they are usually very itchy around there and they soon become a bit of a tart for a good scratch there.

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by callmefence » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:38 am

I've got some kinda corriente x . I bought a month ago in a pasture we sprigged and moved all the cattle off. Jumps fence like a deer.
I can't even get close enough to get a clear shot at her....any suggestions??
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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by JMJ Farms » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:44 am

callmefence wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:38 am
I've got some kinda corriente x . I bought a month ago in a pasture we sprigged and moved all the cattle off. Jumps fence like a deer.
I can't even get close enough to get a clear shot at her....any suggestions??
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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Annaaa » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:10 am

Thank y’all for reassuring me. I’m attached to her and I love to just talk to her and watch her so I just wanted reassurance that we were on the right track. 😊

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Annaaa » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:16 am

While I’m here, another question! My bottle calf is a jersey cross. I’m going to have him castrated because I have no interest in breeding him, but to him, I am momma. What’s the best way to get him to understand that I’m the boss? He thinks I’m playing with him when I try and discipline him for the small head butting. It’s cute now, but won’t be when he’s twice the size and his horns are in. He leads, and I make sure I lead him around every day. When he’s leading, I make sure he doesn’t get infront of me and knows I’m in control, but my main worry is him playing too rough on accident.

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by DCA farm » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:00 am

Sounds like you got her where I like mine. My grandparents came to my place yesterday my grandmother asked if I had any she could put her hand on. I told her only in the chute I wanted them gentle enough I could walk around them and then not run or act a fool but I have no want to have a 1250 animal butting me looking for attention while I’m in pasture

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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Jogeephus » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:11 am

Annaaa wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:43 pm
I’ve had the typical “cow experts” from my area tell me to get rid of her and that she will hurt me, but she hasn’t actually made contact with me a single time. She has others, but not me.
What do you mean by this? She's made contact with others? How?
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Re: New here, question about a wild calf

Post by Annaaa » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:02 pm

Jogeephus wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:11 am
Annaaa wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:43 pm
I’ve had the typical “cow experts” from my area tell me to get rid of her and that she will hurt me, but she hasn’t actually made contact with me a single time. She has others, but not me.
What do you mean by this? She's made contact with others? How?
She has actually head butted my dad a few times.

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