I’m happy to report, weaning 2019 went off without a hitch!
Last week, we was wean week her on the ranch. And this week was spent acclimating the calves to independent life. What does acclimating calves to independent life look like?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
For us, it looks like having the calves spent some time on the opposite side of the fence from the cows. They have visual and nose-to-nose contact contact, but aren’t able to nurse. During this time, we feed them a little hay and cake. They’ve been coming to cake with the cows for the past several weeks, so this is familiar.
After a few days, we move the cows a couple pastures away. Then a couple of days after the cows have moved, we move the calves into fresh pasture. Keeping things familiar for the calves by feeding cake and leaving them a few extra days in a pasture they know, helps keep their stress levels low and acclimate them to independent life.
PS – We love answering questions. So, if you’ve got them, drop them in the comments either here 👇🏼 or on the video ☝🏼.
PPS – We’d love it if you head on over and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on our shenanigans, a.k.a. our everyday ranch life.