can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

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can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by wshn41 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:45 pm

Hi I have a heifer I bottle raised she forages and eats grain and has been weaned from the bottle for about a month can I turn her out to pasture with other cow/calf pairs?



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Re: can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by jehosofat » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:15 pm

Sure, why not? She may get bullied around at first, but she'll fit in eventually.

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Re: can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by TCRanch » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:17 pm

I think it's in her best interest. Yes, she'll get bullied at first but she'll also become socialized, get much needed exercise & green grass.

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Re: can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:50 am

wshn41 wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:45 pm
Hi I have a heifer I bottle raised she forages and eats grain and has been weaned from the bottle for about a month can I turn her out to pasture with other cow/calf pairs?
No bulls right?
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Re: can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by wshn41 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:56 am

no bulls just cow/calf pairs

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Re: can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by 76 Bar » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:02 am

Much better for her physically and mentally to be turned out but keep an eye on her. Even though weaned she might learn to steal meals from obliging momma(s). Not necessarily a bad thing unless the enablers are poor milkers e.g. jeopardize the growth of their own calves.

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Re: can a weaned 4 month old heifer be turned out to pasture with cow/calf pairs

Post by TCRanch » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:30 pm

76 Bar wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:02 am
Much better for her physically and mentally to be turned out but keep an eye on her. Even though weaned she might learn to steal meals from obliging momma(s). Not necessarily a bad thing unless the enablers are poor milkers e.g. jeopardize the growth of their own calves.
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