How to take care of a baby cow?

Before looking for baby cows for sale, know that there is no single optimum method for raising calves. What works across one farm might not even work on another. However, you should establish & implement a neonatal procedure as well as a calf treatment plan that is constant from the day in & day out. Cattle disease & mortality rates might be significantly reduced with proper management.

Raising healthy calves is impossible due to inadequate facilities & poor animal care. Recognizing this & knowing calf growth, health, nutrition, & behavior will help you care for your calves successfully.

If you are looking for baby cows for sale, opt for Falster Farm today.

The following calf-raising techniques can be used:

  • To boost calf survival rates
  • To enhance calf health
  • To reduce calves’ exposure to illness
  • To boost growth rates

Calf Growth

Before looking for baby cows for sale, you must first get some ideas about calf growth. Calf-raising success may be measured using both survival & growth rates. Dairy replacement rates of growth eventually influence puberty time. However, this has an impact on the age of initial freshening as well as lactation milk output.

Calves that have been properly reared will be healthy & ready to replenish between the ages of 22 & 24 months.

1-Keeping track of calf development

Before searching for baby cows for sale, know that a disease might reduce a calf’s development rate & cause persistent issues that prevent the youngster from attaining its full genetic potential. Calves that have healed from sickness will most likely be weeks or months behind their healthy herd mates. If their condition was serious or long-term, lasting damage or persistent suffering might cause these animals to become economic hazards.

Breed-specific heifer goal growth curves are offered.

  • Measure and record the heart circumference and ghast height in inches.
  • Weigh the calves using a scale or a standard tape measure.
  • Measure your height using a ruler or an altimeter stick with a parallel level bar.
  • Determine the following for each baby calf: ADG (Average daily gain), percentage of weight-growth objective & the group’s averages
  • Graph the number of baby calves with weights that are above or below the ideal for their age. You may use computer software to assist you with this.

Preventing Disease

1-Recognizing & Managing Stressors

Calves can be stressed by changes in routine. When animals are agitated, they are more prone to develop ill. Changes in feed, housing, & crowding can all stress calves & produce stomach problems, including scours.

Other stresses include:

  • Transporting
  • Ear tagging
  • Improper calves handling
  • Disbudding/Dehorning

2-Biosecurity

Before opting for baby cows for sale, have a biosecurity program in place. All cattle, equipment, & personnel entering your calf facility must be controlled & monitored. In order to develop your illness preventive & treatment program, consult with your local veterinarian.

Calves are being monitored:

  • Use a rectal temperature gauge on a regular basis to aid in the detection of early fever in ill calves. Calves have a typical body temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Separate the calves, so they do not come into physical touch with each other. This allows you to monitor calves individually throughout the critical pre-weaning time. Alternatively, if they are group housed before weaning, keep a constant eye on them.

Extra biosecurity precautions for you to take a look at before opting for baby cows for sale:

  • Evaluate your vaccination program on a regular basis, but don’t rely solely on immunizations to solve illness concerns.
  • It helps control infection sources, particularly feces. Water, feeding utensils, birds, rats, pets, & humans can all be sources of illness.
  • Instead of placing the calf in bedding, place it on a clean plastic sheet.
  • After a heifer is born, use clean towels to massage it dry. Use no bedding or feed sacks. Wipe the mucous from the nose.
  • Always separate calves as soon as possible from the cow, feces, & urine.
  • When conducting chores, start with the youngest animals & work your way up.
  • Isolate ill calves, feed them last, & handle them in the end.
  • Use distinct maternity enclosures that are sanitized between calvings. Moreover, this includes eliminating prior birth bedding, dung, & other materials. Pathogens are introduced into the maternity pen with each cow.
  • Stop the spread of Johne’s disease. When calves consume infected excrement or colostrums, they get Johne’s illness. Disease risk might be minimized by properly handling newborn calves.
  • Between calves, wash, disinfect, & dry specific hutches, stalls, or enclosures. Scratch the ground to a new level of soil and eliminate any remaining organic matter.

Calf feeding practices

Following the birth of a baby calf:

  • Clean the cow’s mammary glands before the calf nurses, or simply withdraw the calf from the mother and maternity area.
  • Feed high-quality colostrum to calves as soon as feasible.

Every day, provide new, clean calf colostrum, milk replacer, & water. Make sure to provide water at least twice a day. To prevent urine & manure contamination, place these outside the enclosure. Spilled liquified feed & water will also be kept away from the calf’s bedding.

Ensure that the calves’ food (liquified feed, grass, & grain) is of excellent quality throughout the preweaning stage. According to research, inadequate nutrition between weaning & six months of age might result in these animals having:

  • A four & half month delay in age upon first calving
  • Reduced growth rate
  • Increased chance of being culled as a cow

Housing

Calf housing must be fully isolated from the dairy production house barn, with its own ventilation. To keep flies at bay, keep air inlets and windows covered at all times.

Bedding

Before opting for baby cows for sale, know that calf comfort is greatly influenced by bedding. It is critical to manage bedding throughout the early stages of preweaning. A large, dry bed of puffy material can:

  • assist calves in staying clean
  • Lower the chance of illness
  • Provide a comfortable resting area
  • Serve as a moisture-absorbing medium
  • Reducing stress

Conclusion:

Calves have unique care requirements that must be met in order for them to reach adulthood in excellent health & comfort. We hope you will have no additional problems now that you know how to care for a young cow.

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Well, if you are looking for baby calves, opt for Falster Farm’s services today. Our guaranteed present to you is quality, service, & a low price for a wide variety of genuine organic country foods, breeding services, mini cattle, & even educative stays & events. For more info, call 903-629-3034.

 

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Sumo Seisakushu C221 Wagyu Sire

Wagu x Red Angus

Photos above depict results of our foraged based Red Angus cows bred AI to a Red Wagu bull of some renown. Our project is to develop a Cross that meets both the Super Premium market (Wagu) and the Premium market (Certified Angus) for color and beef tenderness. There are serious enhancements made to the Wagu, allowing for a grass-fed and grass-finished beef program.  

On 13 SEP 2018 we bred 5 superior Red Angus females (forage based, 4 and 5 Frame Score) to the red Wagu bull Sumo Seisakushu C221 (5 Frame Score.) Three of these AI’s took and we got 1 bull and 2 heifer calves, each born on 20 Jun 2019.

Above is the Wagu Sire, and the collage shows the Dam’s and their get. The birthing process was with no assistance. The cows received no grain supplements what so ever.  All 3 calves are identical: vigorous, happy to be together. We like this combination. It appears this breeding has taken a bit of the leg length out of the calf while adding more flesh on the rear.

This is our Wagu x Red Angus Cross — we will do it again.

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We are a CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROW Farm.

Certified Wholistically Grown™ — Falster — family owned and operated farm of Pure Bred Breeding Stock. Our beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and CSA offerings are of  the finest quality: (never any GMO or SOY, never a poison or chemicals); always free-ranging outside under the sunny Texas skies, on pastures of clover and natural forages 365 days a year, every year. Pork is hand fed raw milk. 

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Mini Cow in East Texas

 

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Mini Cow in East Texas

With a focus on FRIENDLY, this is TRASK TUNA 28 . . .  a 1st time heifer, heavy bred: due in March 2020

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YOUR miniature cow HERD BUILDING RESOURCE

Calved (born) March 12, 2018, TRASK TUNA is a Mini Hereford and small French Normande cross yielding the potential for a dual purpose small family farm. As you can see she is beefy and at the same time capable of good milk for the family. If she is left alone, she will simply produce high butter fat milk for her calf.  Most of our customers love this dual purpose cow. It’s sorta like a tree that bears both apples and pears. And she loves attention, or can you tell?

She is a daughter of a Neal Trask developed bull T-197. He was genetically A2A2 while her mother was a small French Normande (Flashy Tuna 1609.) The Neal Trask line of Hereford cattle are legendary old world Herefords. While the Normande are what French Cheese is all about!

Deep bodied, excellent heart girth, top line is flat as a table, and her bottom line is solidly balanced. Genetically fly resistant, she is grass alone raised, no harmones, no GMO – just grass, salt, mineral and hay. She is Certified Naturally Grown.

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Miniature Hereford

Our stock is the Old Breed of Hereford. We have a strict selection process for the production of quality cows and bulls. The success of our genetics in the show ring in New Zealand and Australia is unparalleled. We have both Polled (hornless) and horned lines. The beef is magnificent. We are breeding for A2A2. View the offerings.

Mini Red Angus

Our stock is classic Line Bred without up-sizing to the current standard size. Measured at the hip they are 1 – 3 frame score or the “classic” size. They are docile, have heavy butter fat for their babies, easy fleshing on grass alone and no birthing problems. Nutrient dense beef that is A2A2 is what we are after. View the offerings.

Dairy

The breeding stock of our Dairy Cows is to develop a Family Milk Cow that is imaginably small and feminine in stature, with a daily capacity of milk between 1 to 3 gallons cream bearing milk. You will find Registered Mini Jersey and French Normande. A2A2 milk is what we are after – and we have it.  View the offerings

Pet Cows

Pet Cows are for fun and attractive lawn ornaments, and don’t forget to check with your County Taxing authority about Ag Exemption. View the offerings.

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Grass-Fed vs Grass-Finished

Last week we discussed what a grass-fed animal should look like in the field. This week I would like to share some thoughts with you on the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished. I know that it sounds like they should be the same so please bear with me!
Most animals, even the ones in the confinement facilities start their life on the grass. They are usually born in the field or a barn depending on the time of year and spend the first six to eight months beside their mother. Then they are weaned and for the next couple months until they are a year old they eat grass/hay with usually some supplemental feed thrown in. Of course every farmer has his own system for his own operation, but the above scenario is fairly typical. At this point, the beeves are either sent to a confinement facility or they are kept/sold for raising on a grass-based operation.
A grass-fed animal can still be grain finished, meaning the fat that marbles the meat and the layer of fat on the outside is put there by corn and soy-based products. But it is still marketed as grass-fed, because it has been fed grass for a significant part of its life.
Whereas grass-finished means that the layer of fat and the marbling was put on that animal by grass alone. This is a far more complicated process, and requires not only good grass genetics but the trained eye of a good grazier. It 

 

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requires lots of sugar in the grass and forage that the animal is eating, because just like for us it is the carbohydrates that really put the weight on.
So then a steer can be “grass-fed” but if it isn’t finished on grass as well then you are still likely to be getting some carcinogenic compounds in your “grass-fed” meat! Also as almost all corn products are GMO, then it is highly probable that you are getting GMO-tainted meat as well.
Again, every operation is slightly different, and almost all beeves are grass-fed at some time in their life. That is why it is important to know your farmer, and what the practices are that they apply on their farm. This is one reason that we encourage people to come out and get to know us, so they know what they are buying.
Next week, let’s look at the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed (from a confinement facility) and see which one is healthier for you. I think you will be surprised at the differences.

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I’ve been a Seed Stock producer of small to moderate Frame Score Cattle – for a living – since 1998. Karl E. Falster

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Four Questions to Ask – F.A.Q.

When I wrote our 1st Falster Farm web site in 1999, a feature that got the most hits was F.A.Q. This quickly grew to cover a lot of questions and emails. Eventually, Nancy and I started posting to BEST EMAIL OF THE YEAR. Then Google changed their protocols and I had to change our web site, and eventually the F.A.Q. Blog got dropped.

I believe I’ve been asked about every question about cattle rearing and selling that can be asked, literally from the 4 corners of the earth. While I continue to be amazed at the redundancy of some questions, there are four that are; or, should be on the mind of everyone interested in buying Live-stock:

  1. Can I see your cowherd? Read More
  2. What’s your culling program?Read More
  3. Do your cows work for you, or do you work for your cows?Read More
  4. Can I sell the offspring and make a profit? Read More
Professor Cillio Felix of University of the Philippines Manila with Falster’s cow pony FOLGER

The reason these questions are so important is because (from whomever you buy) you are investing in that seedstock producer’s genetics. Your cowherd will eventually resemble the cowherd that your seedstock producer has.

Are his cows the right body size and body type?   Before you buy, you need to know the difference between an easy-fleshing 4-frame cow and a lean, slab-sided 6-frame cow or bull. Most of today’s seedstock producers have 6 and 7-frame cows — “they eat a lot of groceries pard.”   Does he make excuses for his cows and give them a second chance?  Are his cows required to graze year-round with minimum inputs?

Are you just buying a bull? I asked grandpa this question one day. He said he always bought the most expensive bull he could buy because his calves always bring top dollar. Buying a registered bull that comes comes from a cattle cube supplemented line of breeding will be too expensive in the near and long term. His offspring will require as much supplements – or more.

Although most commercial cow-calf producers say they want efficient 1100 to 1200-pound cows that can wean 50% of their own weight without being pampered, supplemented, inoculated, calves pulled etc. —  they continue to buy bulls that were produced by 1400 to 2000-pound cows that must be pampered and supplemented with grain to stay in production.   It’s no wonder they are working so hard just to break even.

“It’s only in kill or be killed combat that is too late to make a clean break.” KE Falster

As a former Scout for 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, I can tell you, we ain’t talking about life or death, we’re just talking about money. If you want to change or improve your outcomes, change and improve your inputs. 

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My Red Angus Cow Development

SOLD 1-14-2020

Following is an abbreviated history of why the Mid Frame Score Red Angus Herd came to be on our place in East Texas. If you will bear with me, (for posterity) I will  relate the history of our beautiful cows in our Red Angus Herd – as I lived it:

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The table below will show the age, hip height and pregnancy condition of each cow. Calves are listed at the bottom. If you’ve done any research about the PCC profile requirements, I think you’ll agree these cows can meet any range environment. Please let us know, we’d love to have a working relationship with you.

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Terms of sale: Terms of sale: There are nineteen (19) 2-6 year old Red Angus Cow; with 4 of them being cow/calf pairs. 17 mama’s are Registered with the Red Angus Association of America, and 2 are Red Polled; owners Karl or Nancy Falster, who attest this lot is owned free and clear. Asking 29,700 for this beautiful package.

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A deposit of 1/3 wired to our bank in Winnsboro holds these Red Angus Cows for 15 days without board, after that, dollar a day for each except the calves of 6 months and under. Transportation can be arranged – first 25 miles no charge. This small herd can be broken up by singles or the pairs. 

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Happy New Year 2020

We live in such beauty, it’s a pity we don’t take the time to relax and enjoy it more often. It’s so fun to watch the stars fade away in the morning as the sky turns to gray and then the palest of peach colors spreading to a very light blue. Everything is frozen: the grass leaves, the water hoses, the metal gates, and my fingers. Fortunately, the water in all the deep water troughs is still liquid so I don’t have to break ice with my pitchfork.
The air has that crinkly crisp feel to it, if you know what I mean and is oh so fresh.
The sky is warming to a lovely pale blue, and as the sun rises it paints the dark trees a golden orange, starting at the tips of the trees’ fingers and slowly working its way to the roots. Then the sun touches the fields, and as you marvel at the transformation from darkness into light, it floods the pastures, sweeping over the cows and forming fingers of shadow that point towards the west.
Fog still hovers in the low spots endeavoring to keep the dales and 

 

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hollows in its chilly grasp while over the ponds the mist rises joyfully to meet the new day.

The sun seems to take its own sweet time about getting up in the morning doesn’t it, but somehow, as you watch the light wake the world, and listen to the birds welcome the dayspring, you suddenly realize that it’s day, and you barely had time enough to enjoy it all.
What a wonderful way to meet the New Year: with the perfect dawn of a new day! There is such joy and hope in the beginning of things, isn’t there? And when the heat of the day hits us and everything tumbles around our ears, projects don’t go as planned and our hopes get bashed a little bit, remember what Scarlett said, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” I think that as long as God gives us dawn, spring, and new babies, there is always room for hope.

Have a wonderful New Year.

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Terms of sale: There are nineteen (19) 4-6 year old cows; with 4 of them being cow/ calf pairs. The mama’s are Registered with the Red Angus Association of America, owners Karl or Nancy Falster, who attest this lot is owned free and clear. Asking 29,700 for this beautiful package. A deposit of 1/3 wired to our bank in Winnsboro holds them for 15 days without board, after that, dollar a day for each except the calves of 6 months and under. Transportation can be arranged – first 25 miles no charge. This small herd can be broken up by pairs.  

Featured Red Angus Videos:

Below are some of my amateur videos that will let you see a few of our Red Angus youngsters in motion. They all look good we can’t keep them all.

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