Two-Stage Weaning is Calf, Grazier, and Scientist Approved

Weaning may be the biggest stress that a calf endures in its life. When calves are abruptly separated from their mothers, they bawl, they don't eat, and they pace their pens and fence lines, walking a

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3 thoughts on “Two-Stage Weaning is Calf, Grazier, and Scientist Approved

  1. This process does work well, however, it involves significant labour. Friends who use this method tell me they don’t feel it is that time consuming. My response, is that we should be looking at how to reduce labour not add on more labour no matter how minor it may seem. Fence line weaning is a very effective method to wean calves without as much labour.
    We have pasture weaned on numerous occasions with the same health success as using the flaps. Although I do not have the data showing that the calves keep gaining weight, visually they do not miss a beat. One thing I do make sure of, though, is that calves have good quality, high legume pasture for several weeks after weaning. Even after the one time we had an early snow fall of 10″, the calves didn’t get sick and just kept gaining because they had good forage under the snow.

    1. Funny you should mention fenceline weaning. That article is coming out tomorrow. And it includes a bit of data on the difference, health-wise between the two techniques. Stay tuned! 🙂

  2. Can lambs be weaned this way? Are there lamb sized nose flaps?

    I really dislike the stress of the weaning process to the lambs, to their mothers, and to me.

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