I weaned Henry, on the right, at six weeks of age. That's the youngest I've ever weaned a calf, but he has an underbite and was absolutely tearing up Grace's udder with those bottom teeth. He eats five pounds of calf starter daily and is about the same size as Hope, on the left, who is the same age and of the same breeding but still nursing on Grace. Henry has a little tendency toward a pot-gut, and isn't as "slick" as Grace, but he will outgrow all that and be just fine.
The new Holstein calf didn't know what a cow was when I put him in with Penny. It took about ten minutes for me to get him to grab hold of a teat last night, and even then he kept losing it. Dairies remove the calves from their moms immediately after birth, so he had no way of knowing what was going on; he was looking for a bottle. This morning, though, I only had to show him once and he understood. I'll give him a head start on the other two for a few days, since he is slower at nursing than they are.
It was very comical when we introduced him to the pen with the other two calves. He was scared to death of them and they were afraid of him.
Penny had me worried for the first few days after the vet came and removed the afterbirth. She just didn't bounce back the way I would have liked. I kept her in the lot, close to the barn. She has finally started acting like her old self. She gives the kind of rich Jersey milk I love, with cream that stands up in the spoon. I haven't churned any butter yet, but I will before long. Grace, although she is probably half Jersey, gives Holstein milk, with cream that is no better than the half-and-half you buy in the store. I like thick cream in my coffee! (Hmmm, wonder why my cholesterol was high last visit to the doctor?)