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Bottle feeding calf or not.

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I bought a bull from the farmer i work for it is two months old and on its mother im keeping it a bull so i can breed it to my cows but i would like to start bottle feeding so it is friendly any advise on what should do to get him started he is also a little skiddish so i cant get to close to him so any advise would help and how often should i feed him like i said any advise.
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If the calf is two months old he should be eating hay and grain well and he does not need to be bottle fed.  You can halter break him and groom him daily if you would like to tame him.  What breed is this calf?  Remember, dairy bulls are unpredictable and very, very dangerous no matter how tame they are.  In fact, pet dairy bulls are the worst. People have been injured and  killed by even small yearling bulls. Unlike dairy bulls,  many beef bulls can be worked with but I would never, ever turn my back on one. Personally, I would never own a bull.  I would use AI.

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I agree with Cassie. At this point, he should be transitioning over to a more adult diet. Bottle feeding any type of animal that has been raised with mom for more than a week or two is very very challenging. They often just don't know what a bottle is.

I do agree that you probably don't want to make this bull friendly if your plans are to keep him intact. Rather, it would be better to teach him to tolerate handling but to keep a healthy distance from humans in the fields and barn areas.

It is also a good idea to have bulls undergo breeding soundness exams if you plan to breed them to get the semen analyzed and to make sure they are capable of breeding. Many people put lots of time and energy into Bulls to find out they cannot be bred later on.
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He is a herdord bull
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