weaning calves, stress, fenceline weaning
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Weaning time can be stressful for cows and calves. Under traditional weaning systems, changes in environment, diet composition, and pathogen exposure can reduce animal performance and result in health problems. In response to these challenges, interest in fenceline weaning has grown in recent years. Fenceline weaning is a management system in which the calves are removed from their dams but are allowed to see, hear, and smell their dams. Depending on the fencing used, physical contact may also be possible. Fenceline weaning has the potential to reduce stress related to transport, changes in environment, and diet adaptation. It may also reduce labor demands and costs associated with drylot facilities.
Wright, C. L. and Pruitt, R. J., "Fenceline Weaning for Beef Cattle" (2005). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 72.