I am currently run a cow salve op but would like to keep calves for a little longer to gain more weight. How long would I have to separate the calvesfrom the cow and would this have to be permenant since I limited space.
> I am currently run a cow salve op
> but would like to keep calves for
> a little longer to gain more
> weight. How long would I have to
> separate the calvesfrom the cow
> and would this have to be
> permenant since I limited space. People will probably disagree with me but from my six years of experience and being limited in space also I have done this for six years and had only one calf that gave me a problem over it. I wean in the corral for three weeks, leaving the cows where they can still have visual contact. (fencing has to be sturdy..I did have calves jumnp the fence one time, couldn't figure out why it was so quiet!!) After three weeks my cows are dried up and I let them back out. I keep a close eye on them to make sure they aren't going back on the cows but like I said I only had one like that. Also you wouldn't particularly want to put any bull calves back in if you kept the heifers long enough for them to come in. But this has worked for me. You would also want to separate your heifers when you put the bull in to rebreed but by that time usually the cows have already been bred. Since I keep heifers every other year I had to learn how to do this...my "mentor" who has been doing this for 30 years also does it this way. So anyway, just an idea for you to consider.
It's called fenceline weaning. Our cows and calves are trained to a hot wire (fancy name is energized fence), we use a single strand 30 inches high. We seperate the cows and calves, give the calves a little grain (very little), just enough so they think that this is a good deal. We wean the first week-end in October and put everybody back together the opening week-end of deer season, around the middle of November. No problems with the cows or calves, they are all in areas they are familiar and comfortable with. If you have only one or two calves I would run some bred heifers in with them just for more of the herd feeling