Every day is a new beginning on our family’s dairy farm. We have five to eight calves born almost everyday! In fact, it is one of my favorite things about the farm because it is so rewarding & gratifying to bring new life into the world everyday. It still feels like a small miracle every time it happens.
The calves are transferred to individual hutches at 2-3 days old. You might think to yourself…Why do you put them in hutches all by themselves? We certainly don’t do it out of convenience for ourselves, we do it for health reasons for the calf.
Part of the calves life cycle is that they get scours between 7 & 10 days old. When they are isolated they cannot continually spread the disease back and forth between themselves, and it allows them to recover quicker. It also eliminates the possible spread of other sicknesses such as pneumonia and colds.
This part of my job never gets old!