Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by chickschool, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2011
    Traverse City, MI
    I have a friend that has a dairy farm and has offered to allow me to raise a calf this summer along with the help of my classroom. I run an all year Montessori classroom with children ranging in age from 2.5 to 6. We already have a small flock of three hens and two ducks so I figured...what the heck. I've never done this before and I was wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom about raising a calf.

    FYI, the calf will go back to the farm and I've already asked to be sure we get a female because the males...well lets just say we won't be able to go back an visit him at the farm. [​IMG]
  2. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Make sure you do your research well in advance, and get make sure to get it in the spring. Getting a winter calf, well, that could lead to some heartbroken little kids.
  3. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    it really doesn't make a difference of how trained the calf is. they WILL kick and man it hurts. i think i would be iffy on getting a calf for a classroom of that young age. heck, iv'e been kicked bey a lamb smack in the middle of my face and had to get my eye stitched. trust me a cow hurts WAY worse.
  4. Debbiesflocks

    Debbiesflocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2011
    Raising calves in winter is fine. But if i was the dairy man i would not donate a Valuable heifer calf to some one who is not well experienced in raising calves. I would be more apt to let you have a worthless bull calf. I would also pick a Holstein if at all possible. jersey calves go down fast and hard.
  5. 1 silkie 2

    1 silkie 2 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2012
    i would look out for the kids they can be very mean. but good lerning sourses

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