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Two calves nursing off the same cow

 

The summer of 2014 was very interesting for us in regards to cattle.  For starters, we got to see our first two baby calves.  The other interesting thing is one of these calves, Sugar, was nursing off of two mamas.  The second mama is Emma Jean and her calf is Susan.  From early on, Sugar would nurse off Emma Jean who would let her nurse as long as she wanted without a problem.  We would see Sugar nurse off her mama, Kira, but not as often as she would Emma Jean. We were not sure what to do.  If Kira, a first time mom, is not producing enough milk, separating them would be bad for Sugar.  However, letting Sugar take Emma Jean’s milk is not good for Susan.  Not sure what to do, we decided to do nothing and just watch.  Neither calf tried to keep the other from nursing, they shared just fine.  Though Sugar was getting bigger than Susan, Susan was not looking thin.  The end result is two healthy calves that have a very close relationship.  They are never far apart from each other.

Sugar is a butterball of a calf.  Nursing off two mamas has made her into a very healthy calf.

Sugar is a butterball of a calf. Nursing off two mamas has made her into a very healthy calf.