Ok...now that you explained what type of cows you were dealing with...guess milk is more valuable on market than calves per cwt. From what very little I know about dairy cattle, I would guess that a calf would drink a small amount per day compared to what a heavy producing dairy cow would milk out.
Ok, assuming this is interesting to anyone but me :lol: Dairy Calves (heifers) are worth about 100.00 when they hit the ground. To buy a Cow or Heifer at auction is about, 600.00 for very low end, right on up to several thousand. It is much better sense to raise replacements for us.
I feed about 4 to 4.5 quarts of replacer a day, 2 feedings. Right now, my cows are putting out an average of 80 lbs. per.
We milk twice a day, and we are down to less than 100 milking head at the moment.
All total, from 6 month replacements up to calving, we have another 100 - 125.