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The bull calf I am bottle feeding because of the fatal prolapse is now 3 1/2 weeks old. I had to pen him up in a 12'x12'chain link dog compound, as he was a great at runing through the 5 strand barbed wire fences. He refuses to drink water, tasts or smells it and rfuses to go back. I did train him from the bottle to a bucket and then to a rubbermaid pan. One pan for water one for his milk, he still will not touch the water. He also seems to want a bit more than 2 Qts morning and evening. He bitches and bellows unless he gets about 3 quarts morning and evening.

I would like to get him out into the feed yard (very little grazing at this time of year - they have a little grass and fescue bales in the morning and alfalfa bales in the aftrernoon.

How soon can I turn him out with the remainder of the cows and bull? I have two calves 3 months older than him, two a few weeks at the most older than him and a newborn, already there. They have their mother's of course. I would continue to feed him the milk replacer morning and evening .

I ask this because the neighboring rancher keeps his bottle feeders in a bbarn stall for a good 4 months before turning them out with the rest of his herd.



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First off, cut him bavck to the recommended amount of milk replacer, ywo quarts morning and night. We had a similar thing a couple of years ago. We fed her the bottle and grain in the morning then turned her out with the others, in the evening we brought her back in and gave her another bottle and grain. When e weaned her from the bottle at about 4 or five weeks we just left her out with everybody else. Worked fine for us. The neighbor raises Holsteins for the dairy, he starts turning therm out after the morning feeding at about 2 weeks and just gives them their bottle through the fence in the evening.

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> The bull calf I am bottle feeding
> because of the fatal prolapse is
> now 3 1/2 weeks old. I had to pen
> him up in a 12'x12'chain link dog
> compound, as he was a great at
> runing through the 5 strand barbed
> wire fences. He refuses to drink
> water, tasts or smells it and
> rfuses to go back. I did train him
> from the bottle to a bucket and
> then to a rubbermaid pan. One pan
> for water one for his milk, he
> still will not touch the water. He
> also seems to want a bit more than
> 2 Qts morning and evening. He
> bitches and bellows unless he gets
> about 3 quarts morning and
> evening.

> I would like to get him out into
> the feed yard (very little grazing
> at this time of year - they have a
> little grass and fescue bales in
> the morning and alfalfa bales in
> the aftrernoon.

> How soon can I turn him out with
> the remainder of the cows and
> bull? I have two calves 3 months
> older than him, two a few weeks at
> the most older than him and a
> newborn, already there. They have
> their mother's of course. I would
> continue to feed him the milk
> replacer morning and evening .

> I ask this because the neighboring
> rancher keeps his bottle feeders
> in a bbarn stall for a good 4
> months before turning them out
> with the rest of his herd.
 
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Anonymous

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>I agree with Dun, after his milk in the am, turn him out with the others. calves learn to graze and drink water by being with and watching from the others. At nite, bring him back in, or feed thru the fence.

First off, cut him bavck to the
> recommended amount of milk
> replacer, ywo quarts morning and
> night. We had a similar thing a
> couple of years ago. We fed her
> the bottle and grain in the
> morning then turned her out with
> the others, in the evening we
> brought her back in and gave her
> another bottle and grain. When e
> weaned her from the bottle at
> about 4 or five weeks we just left
> her out with everybody else.
> Worked fine for us. The neighbor
> raises Holsteins for the dairy, he
> starts turning therm out after the
> morning feeding at about 2 weeks
> and just gives them their bottle
> through the fence in the evening.

> dunmovin farms
 
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