Do Maple Hill farmers keep cows and calves together after birth?
Each year, Maple Hill farmers are moving towards keeping more calves with cows after birth. Currently over 45% of Maple Hill’s milk cows raise their calves (their own or as nurse cows) for variable amounts of time, often until they are weaned. The duration is very dependent on weather and behavior of the calves and cows. Even when not raising the calf by a cow, farmers let the calf stay with the mother for a few days (three to seven), and then they are fed with a bottle. We are working towards a definitive policy in this area, as we deem it very important to cow treatment and health. All of our calves drink milk throughout their young lives, never milk replacer.