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How soon is too soon to wean
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:15:32 PM »
Have a calf at about 75 days.  Wanting to wean the rest of the calves and would like to do her about the same time, just wondering how soon is too soon.  We are a little short on grass, but one calf is not going to make the difference.  Has been started on creep, out of second calf heifer.

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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011, 09:32:40 PM »
Have a calf at about 75 days.  Wanting to wean the rest of the calves and would like to do her about the same time, just wondering how soon is too soon.  We are a little short on grass, but one calf is not going to make the difference.  Has been started on creep, out of second calf heifer.

I prefer not to wean less than 90 days of age.  May not seem like a lot in number of days, but it is a big percentage in the total days of their life.
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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 09:55:39 PM »
I dunno about that seems awful young, have weaned at 3.5 months and i saw considerable issues don't think she reached her full potential.  Dont think i will do that again.
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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 10:08:06 PM »
on cattle all 4 stomachs are fully functional between 3 and 4 months.  By fully functional I mean they can digest forage and grain..

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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011, 11:18:04 PM »
I wouldn't unless I had to. I prefer to wait until 5-6 months.

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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 10:57:58 AM »
100 days and you'll be fine.

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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011, 11:08:57 AM »
You will be fine. Good calf starter and a little grass hay. Dairy calves get weaned as soon as they eat a pound of calf starter a day. Our's get weaned @ 56 days.

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Re: How soon is too soon to wean
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011, 12:50:43 PM »
Agree with Till-Hill, as long as you have them up where you can watch them you will be fine, may need a little tlc but as long as your calf is eating you are ok to wean.

 

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