Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weaning calves

The calves that were first born are about eight weeks old now. This is when we wean them, meaning we feed them less and less milk, until we stop feeding them milk at all.

After they don't drink milk, you can put them into a group pen. Here, they eat grain from a feeder and drink from automatic waterers. They're ready to eat and drink with the herd.

They look big in the pens, but then you put them together and they look so little - and they're very skittish. It's all new to them. When I went to take these pictures they were kicking in the air and running around and were all excited about their new environment. And they haven't even seen the new barn yet! When we move them over there, maybe they'll be doing back flips.

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