My animals in the barnyard like to have their routine and they really don’t like to have it disturbed. So when I brought in Read more — this post may include affiliate links.
these 2 cute little Holstein calves I really disrupted the barnyard.
I finally weaned off my little buckling, he is Emmylou’s baby (my black doe). It was well past weaning time. I really couldn’t believe how much he was eating. I was milking her once a day to feed my little doe. She was getting a 20 oz bottle. So this morning when I milked Emmylou I got well over 2 quarts of milk and still fed the baby doe. Wow!! To much milk for us to use in the house. I decided I better get something else to feed. I can only use so much milk in the house and I only have so much time to make cheese, yogurt, ice-cream and other yummy things to use the milk up. I am already milking Ginger and she gives at least 2 quarts twice a day also.
So I called a local dairy and found two Holstein calves. Now the fun begins. We brought these two little steers home. I will feed them each two quarts of milk twice a day. The calves grow really well on goat’s milk. So now I will milk the goats and feed the calves. My job will be easier, and we will all be happy except maybe Chester the cat and our dogs Weasel, and Ritz. They won’t get the extra milk as a treat everyday, because I will feed the milk to the calves or take it into the house.
As you can see my goats were terrified of the calves. I don’t know why, they are in a pen at the back of the goat pen. They couldn’t figure out what these 2 noisy little things were. We have had calves before, but they were Brown Swiss and an Angus one. Guess it was the cute black and white spots that made them wonder. Hopefully my barnyard will return to a routine and my goats will settle in with their new neighbors and won’t be to stressed. Right now they are not happy with the situation. More on raising the calves coming soon.
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