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    Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    My boy Moses turned five last week, and he'll be elgible to show a bottle-fed calf at the County Fair this summer. I didn't want to wait & see if any of our cows couldn't support their calves and we ended up with a bottle baby, so Mo' Money & I drove over to New Virginia tonight to pick up two four-day old Jersey bull calves. A couple from over there just drove up to Minnesota & brought home a whole trailer full of calves from a dairy up there in Gopher-land, and we got the last two from this load.

    I was a little worried that they would be hard to get going tonight, but they went right after those bottles like Chris Kingsbury at a Thursday night all-you-can-drink bar special. Mo' Money had trouble feeding one by himself, but we're going to work on training both him AND the calves to do this smoothly in the next week or two.

    I told him to think hard to try & come up with names for the little fellers, but of course I have thoughts here:

    Since the calves are still bulls, I think we could call them "Paul" and "Wally". Next fall, when their bullishness "goes away", maybe we could start calling them "Kirk" and "Greg" instead.

    No way in hell is either one of them going to be called "Bevo". Not. On. My. Farm.


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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Mr. Biscuits.



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Twix and Snickers.



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Call one "McRib" and the other "Is Back".



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Well, since Jerseys are red, using Cyclone-related names would be a natural. Of course, Mo' Money IS considering naming them "Roly" and "Poly" in honor of one of his favorite games on his Leap Pad. But I think I might keep my yap shut and let him name them whatever he wants to. Besides, I've got plenty of other calves of my own that I can start slapping names onto.

    Up until this year, I've encouraged Mo' Money to name the heifer calves at the farm if he wants to; however, I haven't encouraged him to name any of the little bulls. Not much use naming a calf that will be gone before Christmas anyway, and that might help postpone "that conversation" a little bit longer.


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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Well, since they're Jerseys, I'd recommend:

    Cheap

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    High Quality

    'cause, everyone knows we go for cheap and high quality jerseys.

    *edit: Clearly, the pick of the two would be 'high quality' and the runt'd be 'cheap'


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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Love going to our county fair here is IA and seeing the bucket calves and their names. Can't wait to hear what yours end up being.



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    I've judged that before... make the record keeping fun and you'll have a great project!


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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Fun. I'd call them Hamburger and Cheeseburger.


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    Rib-eye and T-bone



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    I'd name them Snooki and JWOW



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Just out of curiousity, what are you going to do w/ them after? Can you get a packer to buy them out of a sale barn fat, beings there are 2 of them and they are Jerseys? We get killed on yellow animals selling big loads if they even look like a dairy animal.



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    Just out of curiousity, what are you going to do w/ them after? Can you get a packer to buy them out of a sale barn fat, beings there are 2 of them and they are Jerseys? We get killed on yellow animals selling big loads if they even look like a dairy animal.
    I think most bottle/bucket calves just get sold as feeders. Sounds like a fun project, enjoy it!



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    Re: Just bought two Jersey dairy calves for bottle feeders

    I did this a few times for 4H. Sold mine at the fair auction and always got a very good price.



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