Caring for Calves
We have about 65 calves on our dairy. One of my favorite jobs is to help take care of them. We give milk to the calves twice a day, every day — even holidays. It’s fun to watch them take their first steps and learn to drink from a bottle.
I help feed the calves milk out of a bottle when they are really young. The very first bottle they get has colostrum in it. Colostrum is the milk a dairy cow makes after giving birth. It has a lot of nutrients and protein that new calves need, and it has antibodies that help keep them healthy.
When they get a little older, I help make sure they have plenty of clean water to drink and give them pellets to eat.
The houses our calves live in are called “hutches.” Each calf gets its own hutch. That way we can see if they are eating, drinking and acting right. Having our calves in hutches lets us watch them carefully to make sure they stay healthy and comfortable.