Does anyone have experience with hand reared beefies and them potentially learning to Moo for treats?
we have one animal who moos constantly when we go outside, and I mean doesn’t stop when he sees us, it started with the wheel barrow, because they get the lawn clippings and also if the neighbour was mowing their lawns he would make noise too.
But now it is ANY TIME I GO OUTSIDE AND HE SEES ME. To the point of me trying to hide from him so he doesn’t moo.
I know we are in the country and that animals moo but this is non stop. And I KNOW they have enough food and water because they couldn’t physically eat through everything In their paddock yet.
I think he must just be mooing because he thinks he will get treats (hay/apples/grass clippings), it is doing my head in and I am also embarrassed that the neighbors think we aren’t treating them right when I know we are.
Cattle can be terribly demanding - you should hear the racket a whole herd of dairy cows can make if they think you're withholding something they want.
First make sure he's getting sufficient food so isn't unreasonably hungry. Also try not to reward the behaviour - don't give treats and try to break the association between humans and food - sneak any supplements into the paddock without him noticing if possible. I'm assuming he has other cattle for company so isn't just lonely?
It should get better in the spring when there's lots of nutritious grass and the weather is better so the animals are generally more content.