Well, she was soon to find out. We normally install what we call a weaning plate that makes it near impossible for the calves to get to their momma's udder. We usually use a plate that you tighten down with a wing nut. Here is a post about that style plate in this post: Weaning Clarabelle Although we've used that weaning device numerous times, the crafty calves always figure out ways to pry it out of their nose. Then when we go to milk the cows in the morning, we discover that the calves have robbed our milk. (I'm sure they see it from a different perspective.)
This time with Luna we determined that we'd try a different style weaning plate. At $2.65 it was half the price of the metal one. It is made entirely of plastic and has pointed spines on it.
|"What are my people up to?"|
|Testing a new-style (for us, anyway) weaning plate|
Normally, I would separate her, but now she is free to join the rest of the herd. No more separating her each night! This will save some time, although we'll now be milking Daisy in the morning AND the evening. Luna promptly ran up to Daisy and tried to nurse, but it was to no avail. The weaning plate did its job. After a bit, she tired of trying as Daisy tried to console her by licking her on the neck.
|It's gonna be alright, Luna.|
One benefit we always see when weaning calves is that the cream content of the milk goes up significantly. We find this is due to the fact that the calf is getting all the 'hind milk' which is richer in cream. Once weaned, we get all the cream. That is a big plus for us!