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Mon Jul 21, 2014 02:18 PM CDT

Weaning, no matter how it's done, is a shock to calves. It's such a shock that most won't even eat those first few days away from mama -- unless those calves belong to Eddie Bradley.

"They'll eat like crazy while they're still bawling. They'll even gain 4 or 5 pounds the first few days," said the Hiawassee, Ga., cattleman.

His secret is the little sneak taste he offers calves of the weaning ration long before they are actually weaned. He takes advantage of a 45-day artificial insemination (AI) season, when he gives cows ...

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