Cranscombe Cleave Ecological Farm & Druimghigha Stud

The four calves playing

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Primrose’s and Snowdrop’s natural and adoptees playing.

Why do we adopt a second calf onto our cows?

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The reason why we adopt second calves onto cows  is that there are many calves born in dairy herds because a dairy cow has to have a calf a year to stay in milk,  are raised for “veal” . They are raised often in kennels by themselves ( although this is now against the law […]

Two of our cows have now given birth and we are encouraging them to adopt second calves

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Unusually, for many years we have adopted second calves onto our dairy cows – for reasons we’ll go into in a future blog. But right now, we’d like to share the adoption process, and focus on Snowdrop, who gave birth to Self-heal a few days ago, and her adoptive son, a half-Angus. During the day, […]

Handling Primrose

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The first thing with handling a large mammal who is unfamiliar with humans, is that you work on yourself to ensure that you are relaxed and not frightened. If you look at Chris in this video, he is a little tense to start with, but soon relaxes. For the last 6 weeks every now and then […]

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