Cows/Cattle/weaning calves


first we have beefmasters, and we are new to the cattle. at what age to wean off heifer calves? and what should we do when we wean them off as for feed and the like wise for the calves? thank you so much and
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Typically weaning is around 6 to 8 months of age, though most opt for 6 months, for either heifers and bull calves. Keep bull and heifer calves separate, and feed them how you would feed your cows when they have a calf at side. Feeding shouldn't be anything special, just if they look like they'll be doing better with a little extra protein/energy supplement, then go for it, especially since your last question you mentioned your pastures were not in great shape.

You can opt for fence-line weaning or using Eezy-wean nose prongs for less stressful weaning. The Eezy wean should only be on the calf for a week, after you can remove them but them separate the calves from the cows and keep them separated for at least 6 weeks or so. With fence-line weaning, make sure it's so that cows and calves can only see and smell each other, but the calves can't find a way to suckle, nor their moms find a way back in to their young'uns.

Good luck with the weaning process with your beefmasters!



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Forage-Beef Extension Specialist. Knowledge in almost everything to do with beef and dairy cattle. Strong points include forage production, pasture and rangeland management, grazing management, breeding/calving/weaning, cattle genetics, breeds, feeding and nutrition, starting-up, and most physiological questions. I AM NOT A BOVINE VETERINARIAN; so please any questions that concern serious health of your cattle must be taken to your local large animal veterinarian.


Part of a farm family that bought, raised, and sold stocker/backgrounder steers; assisted with health management, handling, feeding, pasture management, and forage production. Also worked at local mixed-practice veterinary clinic. Experience with cattle included breeding soundness exams on bulls, castration, fixing prolapses, preg-checking, C-sections, calf pulling, vaccinations, etc. Worked at a local farm and ranch supply store selling medications and feed for livestock. Research assistant for the University of Alberta with range health assessments, and helping with various rangeland research projects. Always learning and gaining more experience as time goes on.

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BSc in Agriculture (Animal Science Major) @ University of Alberta, June 2015 graduate, but started studies in 2005. An Sci degree allowed me to specialize and gain significant knowledge in beef & dairy cattle production,animal behaviour and reproduction, ruminant nutrition, forage production/management, rangeland and pasture management & ecology, and plant identification.

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