This spring has been as late as last spring was early. The grass finally started growing and I turned them out yesterday. The steers stayed on my pasture, and the fall-calving cows went to the rented pasture. In the foreground you can see one of the fall heifer calves. In the background you can see the neighbor’s dairy cows.
I wanted a few more cattle on the rented pasture, so I decided to try an experiment and kept the four fall heifer calves with their mothers to see if the cows would self-wean before they calved again in August/September. The eight fall steer calves were separated from their mothers. The cows and steers which were weaned are bawling for each other. I don’t think the calves were getting much milk anymore, so the discomfort is probably psychological.