Today, October 13, 2009, we weaned our calves. These calves are six months old. We use a cross-fence method. All the mother cows are put on one side of the corral while all the calves are placed on the other side. The mother cows can still see the calves, but the calves can't nurse. We feel that this method is less stressful on both the calves and the cows. Within five to six days the mothers are ready to be moved out to pasture and will not return home looking for their babies. Note: we have had several inches of snow the last couple of days causing the corral to be quite muddy. Our corral in not normally in this condition.
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