Calf Care Part 1: Why do dairy farmers separate calves from their mothers?

Great blog explaining why dairy farmers separate a calf from its mother. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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At a holiday party last fall I had a casual conversation about our farm with another local farmer’s wife whose exposure to agriculture was primarily related to raising grain and beef. She mentioned that her husband had somewhat explained to her why dairy farmers keep our newborn calves in hutches, but her original instincts, like many people’s, told her that it was cruel to separate a mother cow and her calf. I listed several of the reasons we do things the way that we do, highlighting some differences between dairy cows and beef cows at a cow-calf operation, and I think many of them were not part of her husband’s explanation and had not occurred to her.

I have previously written about the first few hours of a calf’s life on our farm (read: A Calf Is Born ), but at that time I didn’t address the why behind our…

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