On the Farm – Our Shepherdess

Diane Our Shepherdess

This is Diane our shepherdess. As you may expect Diane usually looks after our sheep, but she also looks after some of our calves when they need hand-rearing.

An orphaned Hereford calf

This calf is in that position, she was a twin and it is often necessary to hand rear a twin if the mother cow is unable to provide enough milk for both calves.
 
When a cow has twin calves, the demand for milk is higher than usual, and if the cow is not producing enough milk, both calves may not receive adequate nutrition. Hand-rearing then becomes very important for the welfare of the calves and involves feeding the calf with milk replacer or colostrum using a bottle or bucket.