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  1. Pastured Veal Using Milk Replacer -versus- Brood Cows Rob Freeland

  2. Purpose As a start up producer is it more profitable to raise veal calves on pasture with milk replacer or with brood cows?

  3. Operation Procedures • 24 veal calves per season; 3 month season • On pasture for 7 months of the year • Animals 3 months of age when slaughtered

  4. Land & Facility Requirments • Quality Pasture • Building • House calves in winter • Supplies • Hospital Pen • Feed Storage

  5. Brood Cows 6 groups of calves over 2 years 138 calves total sent to slaughter $16,128 of labor Milk Replacer 8 groups of calves over 2 years 192 calves total sent to slaughter $5,376 of labor Brood Cows-vs-Milk Replacer2 Year Projection

  6. Brood Cow Production Method • 3 groups of calves processed/year • Labor intensive at start up • Healthy, strong calves produced

  7. Brood Cow Expenses

  8. Animal Health and Quality

  9. The Grafting Process • 45 minutes- 1 hour each day/brood cow • Head gate necessary to do safely • Not all calves can be grafted to brood cows

  10. Milk Replacer Production Method • 4 groups of calves processed/year • Less labor intensive • Consistent growth

  11. Milk Replacer Expenses

  12. Mobile Milk Feeder -Feeder allows for many calves to feed at one time -Less labor intensive -Easier then a bottle Photos from www.peachteatnipple.com

  13. Partial Budget

  14. End ResultQuality Product