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Why wean calves?

18 March 2021

Weaning is a well-established practice across Australian beef herds and provides benefits for both cows and calves depending on the circumstances. If weaning is understood and managed properly, producers can ensure their cattle are set up to be superior performers.

Weaning is the process of removing a calf from its mother and her milk. This means the newly weaned calf may need additional supplements in its diet depending on its age and pasture quality if it is to reach target growth rates.

So, why is it important to wean calves and how does it contribute to the productivity and profitability of your beef herd?

Weaning allows producers to: