Weaning Calves

This past Tuesday we sorted out our calves that were born in the spring and put them in the far barn to wean them.  It is hard to listen to them sometimes bawling all the time and knowing that they really want their mommas, but they figure out after a while that this is their new life.  To grow up and be on their own.

What is so funny about them in the barn bawling, is that we put our bulls in with them the same day we took them off their mommas’.  It is comical to think about and to wonder what the bulls are thinking being stuck in a pen with a bunch of crying calves!





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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

5 Responses to Weaning Calves

  1. Beth says:

    I thought (according to Joel’s book), that he/you separate them using an electric strand in the pastures?

  2. Elizabeth Moon Gabet says:

    I’m curious for future information as I hope to raise some in the future. Having had dogs and cats, etc. I know the mothers wean their off spring on their own. Why don’t you let the mothers do it with their calves?

  3. It is hard listening to them – I remember it well. They’ll get over it soon. But I’m curious as to why they get put in with the bulls? Is it all the calves, including heifers?