You know you can buy cat food and dog food ... you can also buy calf food. Funny thing - the industry term for it is calf 'feed' - not calf 'food'. But it's all the same idea.
When the calves are little, like most animals, they need to start on solids. First, they only have milk and water. When they're three days old, we start filling a pail with calf feed. Ours come in pellets. It's called calf starter.
It looks like this:
When we're doling out the fresh milk from the back of the calf cart, Kris also carries the calf feed to put in their pails.
We have 85 heifer calves now! Here they are on one side of the barn, waiting expectantly for their food and milk. It reminds me of being on an airplane when everyone watches the flight attendant coming down the aisle, gets a drink, and immediately consumes it.
My sons were eating breakfast yesterday. They like to get different cereals all the time, and they'd picked Fiber One. Kris said, "That looks just like calf feed."
And so it does:
Calf feed, kid food. It's all the same idea.