Calf rearing- First timer

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  1. mixed fleet

    mixed fleet Well-Known Member

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    @muckymanor ,I wouldn't go every other day. The milk gets to be more of a habit for them, rather than nutritional.
    Keep watering it down. Then maybe move them on to new ground.
    I wouldn't skimp on the nuts either,
    Just when your on about weaning calves at this time of year.
    If you're going to rear calves next year, I'd be buying a lot earlier Feb/Mar.
    It's one great bonus of compact calving, all calves in or about the one size.
    I bought these ones last Saturday , bulls Feb and Mar born. 20200821_190702.jpg 20200821_190718.jpg
    4@ €490
    1 @ €440
    Have to leaving a turn for the rearer at that.
     
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  2. muckymanor

    muckymanor Well-Known Member

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    3 weeks on from my last post about them and the calves are hammering meal into them. They have doubled their intake and are easily film for to eat 3.5kg each per day. They are showing it too as they are getting very big.

    I have dosed them twice and coming close to needing to give them a third dose. What do lads recommends dosing calves of this age with and how often would you dose?
     
  3. Nashty

    Nashty Well-Known Member

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    Would bucket reared calves eat 3.5kg of meal on good grass? Sounds like a lot. I really like a drench like Albencare at this time of year maybe along with a mineral drench perhaps but yours are probably getting plenty minerals from the meal.
     
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  4. muckymanor

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    They get nuts twice a day and have it gone in 10 minutes. They are in a garden of good grass and good quality and keeping it well trimmed. It'll be interesting to see their ADG when I put them on the scales. They are doing really well.
     
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  5. jay gatsby

    jay gatsby Well-Known Member

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    Ar they on their own in the pasture? If that's the only grazing they've been on is there a need to dose again?
     
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  6. mixed fleet

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    White drench or yellow one (Nilzan type)
    Do you vaccinate for black leg
     
  7. muckymanor

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    They're on their own but there was cows and calves over the same ground over the summer.
     
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    muckymanor Well-Known Member

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    I have given em their first shot for blackleg
     
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    Are they coughing or have loose dung? If not, I don't see the merits in dosing again to be honest. Others may disagree but resistance to doses will be a big thing very soon.
     
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  11. muckymanor

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    In fairness, with the weather that we have had and the lush green grass that's around after it, every animal on the farm has loose dung. Besides that, one of them has developed a mild cough in recent days so I'm confident that a dose is required.
     
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    Isn't resistance more of an issue from not using the correct dosage, going light on it and not getting a good kill?
     
  13. scoffcruddle

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    Resistance is using a dose “Willy nilly” best to only use when needed,I took a lamb back to a neighbours a few years ago,it was 63kg and fat as a pig,he said I’ll dose it and send it off with the others,ffs it should have gone straight in the fat ring.
     
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