- Dec 17, 2019
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- N. Central boonies, Oklahoma
Sounds like a great plan!Thought I would do an update: We are still pouring the feed due to the lack of pasture but everyone is doing well. Sure will be glad when this fire nightmare is over and we have pasture back.
Weighed the calves tonight since I had to get a weight on a new beef calf anyways and the holstein steer is now 320#'s and the jersey/angus heifer is 314#'s at 3 1/2 months old. Not bad all things considered. Our cow is maintaining ok still. We are still getting 1 1/2 to 2 gallons a milking (1 time weekly) with 12 hours separation while leaving a bit for the calves so her production is declining. Dehorning on both calves was completely successful. The calves are using the creep feeder and eating plenty of hay. The plan as of this moment is to leave them both on another month or so then wean the steer and turn him out with our beef steers then wean the heifer when our cow is due to dry up pre calving. My hope is that will slow production by weaning one of the two calves then when we take the remaining calf off she will dry up easily. Of course the heifer may take up for both.... Anyone have an opinion on this theory?
The remaining amount heifer will probly still take all mamas got, being as big as she is.
Id wean em both now and just feed em a bit. And put a new baby on her for a couple months! That new baby will be money in the bank