Monday, October 4, 2010

Weaning

The cattle at a farm we rent haven't been doing well lately.
J says the calves have been losing weight over the last couple of weeks. It looks like they have been eating acorns of which there is an over abundance this year. Acorns in large amounts are not good for cattle. Ultimately, they can cause kidney failure and death in severe cases. There is no antidote, just removal from the source.
Therefore, we had to round them up, wean the calves and take them to a different location away from any oak trees.
It's always a little upsetting to think of the cows still looking for their calves. But hopefully, everyone will be better off.

1 comment:

fernvalley01 said...

Always something with cattle or horses! I didn't know about acorns , but we don't have oak trees. Contest results are up on my blog, you might want to have a look

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