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    how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    a bit of advice please

    I have one really good angus x cow with fantastic mothering instincts
    but she's now started to suckle three other calves from other mothers and is becoming pushy with all the other mothers trying to suckle their own calf

    now its pulling her condition down quite quick


    what's the cure as I did not want to separate her from the herd but think this might be the only way and is she always going to be like this

    thanks
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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    Quote Originally Posted by tcf View Post
    a bit of advice please

    I have one really good angus x cow with fantastic mothering instincts
    but she's now started to suckle three other calves from other mothers and is becoming pushy with all the other mothers trying to suckle their own calf

    now its pulling her condition down quite quick


    what's the cure as I did not want to separate her from the herd but think this might be the only way and is she always going to be like this

    thanks
    Simplest solution; get rid of her, off to the pie factory. Save yourself a lot of bother.

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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    What a waste! The time will come when you'll need a foster mum and you'll be so glad you've got her.

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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    all your cows are thin and probally are not milking well. calves are hungary imo. feed them better

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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    Quote Originally Posted by kildare View Post
    all your cows are thin and probally are not milking well. calves are hungary imo. feed them better
    I would add that she is suckling her own, while the other two get in positions that would require her to kick her own calf to get them off. I have had this with a bottle-fed orphan, he got very wise, wait until the own calf is on, the get in a position that is behind/out of sight, etc.

    Put your cows on calf rough mix (high energy and molasses) for 2 weeks in addition to good silage/haylage and the calves will get stuck into it also, they can smell the sugar, everybody much happier. Possibly you will be surprised how much it takes to get weight back onto them.

    Just managed to view larger photo - I would never expect cows that thin to milk well, they should have a good 1" pad on their ribs. I wouldn't expect them to come cycling any time soon either.

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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    Quote Originally Posted by kildare View Post
    all your cows are thin and probally are not milking well. calves are hungary imo. feed them better
    Bet they didn't expect that reply!

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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    Can you not put her and her calf in another field?
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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    Quote Originally Posted by kildare View Post
    all your cows are thin and probally are not milking well. calves are hungary imo. feed them better
    plus one

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    Re: how do you stop cow suckling other calves

    thanks for the advice , I have just separated her and her calf and all seems fine



    the others seem to be fine now

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