The calves came from an organic farm in N. Devon – so no artificial fertilizers for the pastures, or routine medications for the cows (and, of course, calves), and a lower stocking rate both in housing and out in the fields than non organic farms. All the animals certainly looked well.
The youngest calf is about a week old, the oldest about a month. Each one has a passport and can be easily identified by its, unique, tag.
We expect them to be consuming lots of our, and student time, for some time to come since they need careful feeding and care when young – they will need feeding milk substitute for several weeks. But, good care of such young animals is a key to successfully rearing them – it’s time well spent. Later in the year they will go to pastures new and probably be sold in the autumn.
See the Cattle page for photographs.