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Calves eating too much hay

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Willstanton

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3-4month old calves seem to be eating a lot of hay. They're still drinking from mum adequately I think, but starting to look a bit full in the gut of hay.

Can this be an issue. Undeveloped rumen? Or nothing to worry about.


 

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Nothing to worry about if they are still growing, and not potbellied . Their rumen was developed 2-3 months ago.
 

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Hay might not be high in something (protein or energy) so that they cannot get all they need. Might try a supplement (not a lick tub with urea) to see if that would satisfy them.
 

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Ebenezer":3hvyho19 said:
Hay might not be high in something (protein or energy) so that they cannot get all they need. Might try a supplement (not a lick tub with urea) to see if that would satisfy them.
They're getting most of their protein and energy from mom....they're eating the hay because cows just like hay. It's a good thing.
 
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Thanks everyone. Prob worrying about nothing. Have traditionally been autumn calving here, so not used to having calves this size around hay. Cheers

Will
 

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Look pretty decent to me. Sometimes ours will look a little pot bellied when they get to really chowing down on the hay. Then as soon as the weather warms up a bit, they seem to "grow out of" the gut and gain in size. Better a well developed rumen than not.
 

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