Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Another baby at the farm!
Not the best picture, but it was dark and I was tired... 5 day old beef bull calf. His momma's udder and nipples were so big he never could get attached. They've been tube-feeding him, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes to get him to take the bottle.
Raising bottle calves has worked well for us. We keep them until they are weaned, then send them to a friends property to be grass-fed. 1.5 years later we have healthy meat options in the fridge. It's getting harder to find cheap beef bottle calves, we got this guy for $100 because we know the family for 4-H. Some dairy farms are getting $150 for day old dairy calves. Beef is gonna get expensive. We have this fall's beef almost ready for the freezer, and this guy takes care of 2015.