> The only reason to wean a beef
> calf that early is because of lack
> of feed. The cow while nursing
> will require a substantially
> higher amount and quality of feed.
> You and mitigate it to a certain
> degree by creep feeding the calf
> but that gets expensive also.
> Normally, beef calves are weaned
> around 6 or 7 months, some are
> retained, some sold. Depends on
> the breeding, performance gender
> of the calf, and also what you are
> trying to accomplish. If you have
> a heifer calf that is very good
> and are trying to expand, and her
> breeding is such that she will
> make a good productive cow, you
> would keep her, otherwise she
> would be shipped. If it's a bull
> (it should be cut) and unless you
> need freezer beef when he is old
> enough, you should ship him also.
Reference your stating the young bull should be cut - my question is this: If you are going to sell the youngsters at seven or eight months old, does it make much difference if you castorate them? In other words, how much does it effect their growth during these first seven or eight months?