Eventually feeding time sped up as her sucking ability grew stronger. Things went smashingly well when we purchased two new feeding nipples called EZE Calf Nipples that were not only easier to pop on & off the bottles, but also had a much improved milk flow. The improved milk flow almost eliminated Star's desire to bunt the bottle. At this point Star was getting bigger & more rambunctious. She would charge up to us, block us from walking, rub all over us, & generally shove us around. The folks we bought her from instructed us to "Punch her in the nose." & demonstrated the process on their own cows. It clearly didn't hurt them, but they were obviously upset about it. The best description was one of dejection, "What did I do?" In no time at all we tried this on Star. The results were no where near as effective. Star didn't really seem to care. All this did was get her to stay a few inches back while huffing, snuffing & dancing around in youthful excitement. If you are wondering, we do not punch Star in the nose not because it's "mean", cattle are tough, but because it doesn't work. Mostly we stomp our feet &/or make odd noises at her that get her to stop doing whatever it is we would rather she stopped doing.
The process really started to speed up four months later when we started to wean her by cutting down to one bottle twice a day. Add the awesome EZE nipple & her super sucking ability into the equation & feeding time flew by. She no longer had to be restrained, we just stood on the other side of the electric polywire & she no longer bunted the bottle, therefore we didn't drop the darn thing or loose our balance. The hardest part at this point was the copious amounts of water she would guzzle. We had to fill her bucket at minimum of three times a day in the 95 degree heat. Lugging buckets of water back & forth with no shade in intense heat (most days we had heat warnings) isn't fun, nor is having a thirsty hefir bumping into you causing you to spill the water or for whatever reason cattle have, for hitting the water jug while you are pouring into the water bucket so that half of it spills onto the ground.
Once she got big enough & were were ready to wean her completely we set her up in our third pasture where our pond is so she could be close to the house & have access to plenty of fresh water.
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