We have just done a "wean" here on the farm. We take the calves, who are now almost a year old, away from their mothers. We keep the weaners in the yards for two weeks and feed them a mixture of weaner meal and hay.
We start tailing them out into a nearby paddock after the first week. This is our way of training the weaners. DH goes out on the quad bike each evening to bring them back into the yard for a feed.
Eventually they get so used to the sound of the quad bike (which means feed) that when they hear the sound of the quad bike starting up they come into the yard automatically rather than DH mustering them in.
The mothers will now be joined to the bulls to (hopefully) fall pregnant.
We love our cattle sooooo much! We have names for each one of our weaners (given at birth). Here is a photo of Bayle. We will grow her out to approx 350kg and she will eventually be joined to one of our bulls.
JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise
I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.