Yesterday was a big day on the farm as we weaned all 130 calves that are under our care. All summer the calves and cows have been enjoying life in the pastures eating grass and living lazy days in the shade. With harvest just around the corner and the calves getting bigger every day we decided it was time to wean he calves.
The calves have been growing well and are at the point where they need some extra supplement feed to grow into productive beef animals. The mother cows and calves are not happy to be separated from each other but they will soon adjust and this is a necessary part of the beef production process. All the mother cows are now pregnant with their calf for next spring so it is healthy for them to wean this years calf so their body can focus energy on growing the unborn calf for next year.
The first step in the process of removing the calves from the pasture is bringing all the animals up into a working area we have created in our different pastures. Each pasture has a little different set up depending on it's lay out. We did find that some working areas worked better than others. This is the pasture behind our house so this working areas is on the back side of our barn.
Here is a video of the calves in the barn just after weaning. Watch it as hear how loud they are. Now just imagine it going on day and night for about a week.