Posted Apr 26, 2013 News & Notes,
Another update on our special calf- Moogle.
Over the past couple of weeks, Moogle has really started to grow. She has been getting most of her nutrition from milk. As she gets older she will begin to eat some grain and calf pellets. Just as human babies begin to get cereal and a little solid food as they grow older, cow babies also need to begin to get more nutrition than just milk as they grow. Calf care is very important on a dairy farm. Dairy science has shown that the things we do when they are very young heifers helps them later as an adult cow. In fact, some problems that cows experience as adults actually begin when they’re calves! That means we really need to be careful to give them clean bedding daily, to keep flies off them in the warm months, to always have fresh water and feed, and to have regular vet checks as they grow. All of this helps ensure that the calves will grow into healthy mommy cows one day, who will be able to produce high quality milk. One of the neat things about Country Dairy is that we invite school groups and families out to tour our farm to see how we care for the cows and calves and how we put milk into the bottles. That means you could actually come to our family farm and see Moogle with your class or with your family. Check out the Tours section on the website for more details and we hope to see you here!