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i had some questions about beefmaster cattle or just cattle in general. we have cows calving now. so i need to know is there any meds or vacc  i need to give to the cow or the calf, and when should i vacc the calf and what should i vacc the calf with. also if i'm keeping the calves as replacement heifers should i wean them off and if so when should i do it and do i need to give them special feed. thank you so much. GOD Bless

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Glad to hear your cows are calving.  That's the best time of year in my opinion.

The calves don't need to be vaccinated until they are weaned, when the heifers you want to keep would get their brucellosis vaccination and a 5 or 7 way for clostridium, Lepto, BVD etc.  The cows should be vaccinated once a year.

Yes you'll need to wean the calves. When you wean them depends on a couple of things.  If the cows are in good condition you can wean at 6 months or so. If the cows begin to lose weight you can wean a little earlier. I generally start my calves on feed when they're a month or two old. They grow better, and since I show cattle, it gives me the opportunity to gentle the calves and get them used to being around people.  Also gives me a chance to get a halter on them while they are still small enough to handle.

Good luck with your cows and calves!

Eileen

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Eileen DuJardin

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I can answer most types of cattle questions, primarily beef types. Genetics, breeding, basic care, herd health and management, and showing. I'm knowledgeable in forages and feeding. Non emergency health and soundness questions. I am not a veterinary, and can't answer critical care questions. Call your local large animal vet for that service.

Experience

I've been a registered cattle breeder for over 20 years. My husband and I run a 250 acre cattle ranch in Texas. I've raised dairy cattle, commercial cattle, and registered and show cattle. I'm on our county Beef and Forage committee.

Organizations
American Simmental Association. American Brahman Breeders Association. Falls County Beef and Forage Committee. Texas Farm Bureau

Education/Credentials
Associates Degree in computer science.

Awards and Honors
Many ribbons and placings in cattle showing, with most recent being: 2011 Fort Worth Stock Show, Senior Champion Simmental, and Houston Livestock Show Reserve Champion Senior Simmental.

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