angie":1mhhzp55 said:I have messed with them and I will tell you what I know ~ there is no such thing as a free baby jersey bull calf. I will not discourage you because I know I wouldn't listen to it (even now), and I have heard they make excellent beef, but I would advise against it unless you plan to finish them yourself and you have a good friend in the local vet. Good Luck!! :nod:
This has been my experience as well. I think it is one of the reasons that finishers don't pay anything for them if you try to sell them before finish ~ they cannot compete with the other breeds for finish time. Its one of the reasons I won't buy them. Baby beef animals will use what goes in (milk replacer and grain) and turn it into grow alot better than jersey calves.Lammie":10ddwfxx said:Tried one when I was doing bottle calves. They eat a LOT and don't have a thing to show for it.
DakotaPup":3w29hf9h said:Howdy. I've stepped in it big time. Wondering if you have any advise. We are beef cattle folks and bought several jersey bull calves for the kids' summer project. As you have all said here, they are dropping like flies and our shovels are busy. It makes me sick. We've had them for about 2 weeks now. Some that are left seem healthy enough but at this point I am afraid of the losing them all. We are feeding smallish amounts 3 times a day (with electrolytes as needed), treated them for scours, hit them with LA 200 and Type CD&T. Best I can tell it is sickness form shipping. Any thoughts on what else we can do?
I have access to free baby jersey bull calves. Is there any market for these what so ever??? Any one ever mess with them?