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Do you offer bottle babies?

I always want the best for these livestock, so try to avoid bottle babies. That doesn't mean I will never have them. If I have a bottle baby, I prefer to wean them. I will feed and care for them until they are ready to go to their new homes. 

All calves will be weaned at 4-6 months depending on how they are doing. I will watch them closely to see if I feel they are ready for weaning. Once we start to wean, the calf will be in a holding pen where it can see it's mother. I will watch the calf very closely for 3-4 weeks to ensure it is tolerating the wean. 

What Can you Expect with your calf?

I work closely with our veterinarian and vaccinate per their reccommendations. You will be provided with the vaccine and date of each vaccine given upon arrival of your animal. 

I will provide the color and chondro testing when appropriate for each of our calves. 

I try to spend a lot of time with all of our livestock to ensure they are socialized prior to depatured. Keep in mind, they will know me and will be just meeting you! They all have their own personalities, and some may take more time than others to warm up to you. 

Do you have a waiting list?

I try to best accommodate everyones preference. I do not have a waiting list. I prefer to offer first come, first serve. I may have an online auction occassionally as well. 

How tall will my calf be?

I do not guarantee height on any calves. It is impossible to do! I will always offer my best guess on how tall they may mature to based on any information I have on them. Keep in mind, highlands can grow anywhere from 4-7 years of age. 

I do not generally label my calves as "micro". Many will use the term "micro" and "Chondro positive" interchangeably. However, chondro positive cattle can mature over the 36 inch height limit for micro cattle. For this reason, I try to avoid labeling my calves "micro". 

Things to Consider!

1. Have you raised cattle before?

If not, do you have a source of information on keeping them healthy? 

This can be a vet, a friend, or anyone on some of the Facebook groups are generally very helpful. 

2. Do you have other Cattle now?

It is very important that cattle have a buddy. This should be additional cattle. They do not do well alone and must have a bovine buddy! 

3. What are your plans for your cattle

pets, beef, showing, breeding stock?

Knowing this allows you and your breeder to get you what you are looking for in your cattle. Please let me know this information so I can make sure you find a good fit. If I do not have anything available for you, I can assist you in finding what you are looking for. 

4. Do you have a relationship with a large animal vet? 

It is important to establish this relationship BEFORE you need it. 

5. Do you have a chute or a way to confine your cattle?

Ensuring you have a way to manage your cattle for yourself or your vet is very important for the care of your cattle. Sometimes your vet will have a portable one they can rent out to you. 

6. Do you have secure fencing? 

This is important to not only keep your cattle in, but also keeping neighbor's cattle out. 

7. How big is your pasture? 

It is recommended to have 2 acres per cow. This will also support her calf.

8. What do you have for a water source? Will this work for all seasons i.e. winter and summer?  

Standing water can become contaminated and cause illness in cattle. You also want to be prepared for frozen water in the winter. 

9. Have you established a fly control plan? 

This will help protect against pink eye that can lead to blindness as well as fly strike.

10. Do you know what type of minerals you will provide for your cattle and do you have the equipment to offer it?

Minerals are important to keep your cattle healthy. You can contact your AG extension agent for help with this if needed. 

11.Do you have a reliable source of hay for winter and a way to move it?

Plan ahead for this and be sure to safely store your hay.

12. Do your research! 

It is important to research as much as you can to ensure you ask all the questions you need answered. Facebook groups and reputable breeders who are willing to help are a good place to ask questions. 

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