Weaning Calves

 Mama cows on the left and calves on the right

Mama cows on the left and calves on the right

Our spring-born baby calves have been with their mamas for nine months, drinking nutrient-dense milk and learning how to forage for the best pasture grasses. The job is done, and the calves are now ready to live on their own. By this point, they’re not drinking much milk so the task of separating them is fairly easy. We start the weaning process by moving the calves across the fence. Mamas and calves can still see and hear each other and are able to maintain their emotional connection, while bringing an end to the nursing period. It’s a smooth transition all around. And just in time, too — these mamas are pregnant and will begin calving in May and June.

Sarah Highlen