Tomorrow I am planning on separating my bull who isn't quite 2 years old yet to another pasture for the winter. I was planning on putting him with a 6 month intact bull calf and the bull calf's mother as companions.
But today I saw the bull calf's face looking bloody. I suspect it to be the older bull who made it bloody because I have seen him getting territorial over the cows with the bull calf. He has been giving him some pretty rough shoves and chasing him off. The cows are all bred but the bull calf isn't of course aware. The bull is however completely gentle with people and can be led around.
I've read that when bull calves grow up with bulls it tends to be good for their proper herd temperment. Does anyone have advice? I'm not too worried about him roughing him up a bit but I wonder if it will get worse once separated.
can you see where the blood came from? maybe from something else and not related. I have found mature bulls to be very good to bull calves. Even letting the little ones push on him and play. It is not until the calves get older and become actual competition that they start really getting into it. A 2 year old is not really mature but still dont think he would hurt a 6 moth old. Introducing mature bulls together is something I would be cautious about.
Same her as Mike said. I've never had an incident between a mature bull and a calf that was serious. Discipline, yes, but no injury. Even some head butting and pushing and shoving. It was all within the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
Before making a decision on what to do, I would try to determine what caused the blood.
I'd be interested to see if the behavior continued. It's normal for the dominant animal(s) in a field to establish pecking order when any new animal is introduced to the equation. Source of blood is a good question. However, if this aggression is just a one or two day wonder, I think you will find things settle down pretty quickly. Let us know. cheers, c.
I can't be sure of what happened. He seems to be okay. The reason I thought it had something to do with the bull or another herd member is for two days after the incident he chose to stay away from the whole herd and graze a pasture that is spent rather than be with the main herd where the grass is high. The little guy definitely isn't sick either , he seems fine otherwise and he is fine now. So I did move them to their new winter home. They are to busy grazing. I suppose time will tell. Just wondered what others experiences were.Since the move the 3 of them seem at peace, but I'll update if I see a change.