At just one day old, this bright little calf can outrun any of us – Zoe can vouch for that! Given that my baby Alex will probably take his first staggering steps at about one year old, there’s no comparison between human and bovine babies in the athletic stakes.
There are some similarities though. Both need lots of colostrum in the early days and both have developing immune systems that mean extra TLC is essential early on. For this reason, we house the newborn calves in a warm, dry shed on beds of sawdust for their first week or so. We can monitor their intake of colostrum and make sure they’re sturdy enough for outdoor life with their friends.