With spring-calving cows housed, many farmers will be thinking about weaning calves. Weaning in the shed offers herd owners greater control over the cow’s diet and managing the associated health risks for cow and calf.

Mastitis can be one such problem post-weaning and can lead to cows losing quarters. The incidence of mastitis will be reduced by gradual weaning, feeding cows low-quality forage for a short period and hygiene in the shed.