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

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Weaning may be the biggest stress that a calf endures in its life. When calves are abruptly separate
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Tom Krawiec says:

    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.

    • Kathy Voth says:

      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. emily macdonald says:

    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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