Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about QuietWean.
How do nose-flaps stay in the calf’s nose / do many fall out?
The flap simply hangs from the calf’s nose! They are made of lightweight plastic and are non-invasive (there is no piercing of the nasal septum to keep flaps in place). The unique one-piece design of these flaps makes them less likely to break or fall apart. It seems nothing is ever perfect and a few nose-flaps may indeed get pulled out as some have during our own experimental trials. In general, when used as directed, the retention rate with these flaps has been 95% or better.
How do nose-flaps prevent nursing / how effective are they?
How long should the nose-flaps be left on calves?
Blue flaps or yellow flaps - does one size fit the full range of calves of different ages, different breeds, etc?
The yellow nose flaps were designed to fit calves of all breeds weighing 400-700 pounds (180-320 kg). However, experience has shown they are effective in calves as small as 200 pounds and as heavy as 900 pounds (90-410 kg). We do not know whether their use in very large calves has resulted in more loss of flaps or more calves learning how to suck with flaps in place; however, some producers have asked for another flap that would fit better in very large calves. Consequently, we have made available a larger Blue nose flap that will fit better on large calves. We are dedicated to improving the overall effectiveness of our nose-flaps. Your suggestions are valuable and we encourage all who use our product to send feedback about their experience through our Contact page.
Can I remove nose-flaps and keep cows and calves together?
The second step of the QuietWean protocol, the physical separation of cows and calves, is essential to its success! Separation across a fenceline is sufficient but it is important that once nose-flaps are removed, pairs are not immediately reunited. If this is done we know that cows and calves will pair-up again and continue nursing.
What are the major advantages of using QuietWean?
Are there drawbacks to using QuietWean?
Can nose-flaps be recycled and used again?
Use them as many times as you like! QuietWean nose-flaps can be used again and again. We recommend washing and disinfecting nose-flaps after each use and storage away from sunlight.