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Ron’s Nurse Cows

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  1 Comment

Using nurse cows can be a money saving way to raise and feed dairy calves. Here are some tips for making it work at your place.

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At Holterholm Farms, an organic dairy farm in Maryland, the calves are raised on nurse cows. Of the
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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.

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  1. Donald says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have read some descriptions of pasture raised bottle calves but that seems like too much washing/sanitizing and mixing for our schedule. Even the great series of articles about raising dairy breed veal calves featured on this site made me wonder if I had time and enough high quality pasture for that type of thing. BUT this seems a bit more manageable for two people with a bunch of other stuff going on.


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