For the back story and history of the calves, read my posts here to catch up:
Near the end of July we opened an attached pasture so that the girls could graze an additional area. In a square shape three sides were board fence and one was barbed wire. I had put florescent flagging tape along the top wire to help see the fence line, but Fiona (still being the slower learner of the two) ran headlong into the wire fence. Luckily she wasn’t hurt at all, she just kind of bounced off of it.
She later went along the fence line picking off the flagging tape like flowers and happily eating them.
Yeah, I think she does it on purpose.
By the end of July I also weaned the calves off the bottle over a 4 week period. They normally get a 2 quart bottle four times a day with free choice alfalfa hay and calf starter. So each week I took a bottle away until they were down to only one bottle at night, hay and calf starter.
They had been eating small amounts of calf starter (a dry feed at the feed store that is a balanced diet for young calves) since they were 3 weeks old. By the time you wean them off milk they need to be eating minimum of 3 lbs each of the calf starter/grower ration. Grasses and legume grazing alone do not offer enough nutrition as they are growing. They should be eating this amount of starter feed to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition to be able to grow and develop at this age.
This was most of the excitement for the summer and they have settled in to grazing pastures during the day and they tuck into their shelter for the night.
Join me for my next post on what I did to prepare them for fall and the coming cold, snowy Alberta winter!