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Fenceline Weaning for Calves

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Last week we shared a two-stage weaning process that reduces stress and illness and maintains or imp
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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:

    Kathy this has not been my experience with fence line weaning. The calves do not pace the fence and there is very little bawling. I am curious of the method used to wean? When fence line weaning was explained to me, I was told to set things up so you don’t have to go near the pasture for three days. To observe the calves for any problems, find a hiding spot and use binoculars. I have used this system at least 7 times with negligible bawling and no sickness. The only time there has been any issue is when I had to go and fix a frozen water valve. Both cows and calves came running to the fence bawling just like a normal weaning situation. Fortunately, the cacophony died down within 45 minutes of me leaving the area. After three days we walk the cows to a new pasture and the calves don’t really seem to notice, nor do the cows.

  2. Ann Driver says:

    Sounds interesting.

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