Jersey cow just had a heifer, how long do I wait?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by msitework, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. msitework

    msitework In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2008
    My jersey cow had a beautiful little heifer calf yesterday. She has a huge bag of milk, & I don't want her milk production to slow or stop. My question is that I have 4 other calves that I am bottle feeding, can I put one or two of those with her sometimes also to keep the milk production up? How long would I have to wait to put them with her so the new baby gets all the colostrum she needs. The calfs I have are one angus heifer, one herford heifer, one angus bull & one gurnsey bull. I'm new to the cattle thing so any help would be appreciated.
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I take it your intend to just use her for calves? Her calf would have gotton the benefit of the colustrum by now or she won't absorb it any more. As for putting the others with her, you can try anytime now. You will have to watch things close though. She many not accept them and can do anything from ignoring them to beating on them. Also watch the calves for scours. Especially if they have been getting milk replacer. The change over can be a problem.

    Good luck!
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    you can go ahead an put 1 of the bottle babies on see if she will let the calf if the calf an change from bottle to teat.then slowly add 1 more calf.all while making sure her calf has all the milk it needs.
  4. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    This helps prove we need a backyard cows site! I am learning much valuable info from BYC!
  5. hazelton farms

    hazelton farms Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    You can go here

    KFC to learn all about how you could be dealing with your new calf, the dairy cow and grafting calves to her. They are as nice and knowledgeable about dairy cows there as everyone is here about chickens. [​IMG]

  6. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    You can't put an extra with her intermittently, you would either have to put another with her permanently (if she will accept it) or not at all. I definitely would not recommend putting more than one extra with her, as cows cannot raise triplets without their own or the calves' body condition suffering. If we have twins we separate one from the mother and bottle feed it, as beef cattle generally cannot raise more than one calf at a time adequately.
  7. hazelton farms

    hazelton farms Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    How's it going? Did you graft one on her successfully?

    We just got our jersery heifer bred today. I was pretty excited, so I can only imagine how tickled I'll be in 9 months!!

  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    just my 2 cents, I had read recently in one of my books that if your raising cattle its a good idea to keep a nanny goat. Their milk is next to perfect to replace the mothers and many times they will adpot the baby cow.
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    There is no way in this world a goat could produce enough milk to feed a calf.
  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Quote:A newborn large breed calf takes a good 2 quarts of milk a feeding and as they get a little older they will drink more. I would have to agree with kstaven.

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