How does one do calf sharing?

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I've been doing a lot of research into homesteading and decided once I am financially secure and out of college I would like to do it. Grow my own food like vegetables and meat but I also want dairy products like milk. I plan on working while having a small operating farm and do not want to milk a cow twice a day and i have heard of calf sharing where you milk the cow once in the morning and let the calf have the rest. This is also nice because the calf can nurse the mother while i may go on vacation or be out of town and not have to worry about finding someone to milk my cow. I was wondering mainly if anyone has any experience in this or knows of something I can read or watch to get a better understanding of everything. For instance how long does a calf usually nurse?


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Just so you know....This forum is for people who use Homestead as a website building, hosting, etc. product. It has nothing to do with homesteading, farming, livestock, etc.

But while we're on the subject. Your information about calf sharing is as accurate as can be. Milk for you in the morning and milk for the calf later that day is an acceptable practice. However, if you choose to bottle feed the calf for the morning feed you must use a calf milk replacement. Regular powdered milk will give the calf a bad case of diarrhea and could lead to other problems.

How long a calf nurses can be a complicated question. Ideally they should not be weaned until they are at least 6-8 months old but I've heard of people weaning as early as 2-3 months. In my opinion the earlier the better but remember, nature still needs to take her course. If they stay on udder for too long they may not be as accepting of dry foods later on and could have digestive issues. Most important is the health of the mother. As long as her BCS is at least 3 the calf can keep nursing with no harm to the mother.

Concerning your chain saw blade posting. Take it to a professional to answer this question. Don't trust someone on a forum with advice that could end up hurting you accidentally or not. Chain saws are great tools but if the blade doesn't fit perfectly it could bite you in the backside.


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Thank you so much for that helpful response Steve! 

TokiyoRio, this is a community forum for website and domain support so unfortunately I would not be able to provide any insight on your question. 
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Just so you know....This forum is for people who use Homestead as a website building, hosting, etc. product. It has nothing to do with homesteading, farming, livestock, etc. VidMate

But while we're on the subject. Your information about calf sharing is as accurate as can be. Milk for you in the morning and milk for the calf later that day is an acceptable practice. However, if you choose to bottle feed the calf for the morning feed you must use a calf milk replacement. Regular powdered milk will give the calf a bad case of diarrhea and could lead to other problems.

How long a calf nurses can be a complicated question. Ideally they should not be weaned until they are at least 6-8 months old but I've heard of people weaning as early as 2-3 months. In my opinion the earlier the better but remember, nature still needs to take her course. If they stay on udder for too long they may not be as accepting of dry foods later on and could have digestive issues. Most important is the health of the mother. As long as her BCS is at least 3 the calf can keep nursing with no harm to the mother. word counter

Concerning your chain saw blade posting. Take it to a professional to answer this question. Don't trust someone on a forum with advice that could end up hurting you accidentally or not. Chain saws are great tools but if the blade doesn't fit perfectly it could bite you in the backside. Mobdro

thankyou so much!!