Jersey calf

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By Evan Gruber, Coverdale Farm Steward

There are two new additions to the herd at Coverdale Farm, calves from two local farms have arrived for the next 6 -8 weeks and are being kept in the newly constructed calf yard. A brown Jersey calf is on loan from Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin Delaware, and a black and white Holstein calf is from Old Stone Farm in Lewisville Pennsylvania. Both are bull calves that will eventually be castrated (which make them steer) and raised for meat. They are each fed two gallons of milk per day, and in their time here they will drink around 115 gallons each! They also have free choice grain and hay to eat once they are old enough for solid food.

Jersey Calf

Jersey Calf.  Image by Derek Stoner.

 

Holstein Calf

Holstein Calf.  Image by Derek Stoner

 

I would also like to introduce the newest members of our land management crew, Boer goats! The breed is originally from Africa, and is primarily used for meat production. These particular goats come from a background where they were handled quite a bit, so they are very comfortable around people and enjoy their head getting scratched, or to be fed some clover from the other side of the fence. Their diet consists of whatever weeds are growing in the pasture, they get no extra grain or feed. A goat’s eating habits are more similar to a deer than to a sheep or cow, they prefer woody plants and broadleaf weeds which makes them perfect for their main purpose on the farm, which is keeping the cow pasture weed free. A cow’s diet is typically around 90% grasses and clovers, and 10% brush, a goats diet is around 30%grasses and 70% brush, this makes them perfect for eating anything the cows miss. This helps the farm staff because we have to mow less often, as well as reducing how often we need to string trim under the fences.

New Coverdale Staff Member

New Coverdale Staff Member.  Image by Derek Stoner

Come visit the new members of the farm on a Farm Fun Day; Wednesday afternoons 12:00 – 2:30pm, and every 3rd Saturday 8:00 – 11:00am.

Attend a Farm Fun Day and see who is new on the farm!

Attend a Farm Fun Day and see who is new on the farm!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator

The newborn calf at Coverdale Farm tests its wobbly legs for the first time. Image by Jan Vincins, August 18, 2011.

Today the summer camp groups at Coverdale Farm enjoyed a very special treat: a newborn calf!  The Jersey cow, a dairy breed that is utilized in Coverdale’s education programs, gave birth to a female calf this morning around 10:00am.  The mother did a great job of licking and tending to her newborn, as this is the second calf for this cow.

The newborn calf with her mother in the barn at Coverdale Farm. Image by Jan Vincins, August 18, 2011.

Jan Vincins, a Delaware Nature Society instructor, took great photos of this newborn as she led her campers in the “Big Red Barn” summer camp.  The Big Red Barn at Coverdale now has one more occupant!

If you are interested in meeting the newborn calf and the rest of the wonderful farm animals at Coverdale, come out this Saturday, August 20, for the special Farm Fun Day.  The event runs from 8:00am until Noon, and you can help with the feeding of the animals.  Farm Fun Day is free for Delaware Nature Society members.