- Jan 21, 2005
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There's a young man where I work that raises a few bottle calves. He may have anywhere from 1 to 10 at a time. I'm trying to talk him into getting a Jersey cow or something familiar for him to put some calves on instead if buying that expensive (IMO) replacer. I've raised lots of calves years ago and I probably haven't raised 2% off of replacer. I never had over 2 or 3 on at a time. I even have a Jersey in my beef herd just in case I have an orphan but last time an old Angus took one before we knew it. I put the cow and her calf in front to sell the calf the next day. I gave her some grain and when she and her calf were eating the little calf started nursing. She looked at it once and kept it for another 4 months or so. To me it seems a heck if a lot easier to raise calves on a brood cow instead of the replacer route. I think his partner in the business keeps talking him out of it. Overall I think it would be cheaper and a lot easier...labor wise...