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Beef cattle: weaning of calves

It is important to decide when and by what means to wean beef calves, because it influences the weaning mass of calves as well as the condition of the cows, and indirectly their conception rates.


Early weaning

wean early and supply concentrate feeding to the calf

provide a roughage supplement to the cows that are still suckling their calves.

Methods of weaning

Circumstances on the farm determine the method of weaning. The following methods can be used:


For further information contact Directorate Technical Support Services, Potchefstroom
Tel. (018) 299 6504

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Compiled by Directorate Communication, National Department of Agriculture
in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture North West Province

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