If you are considering a family cow, here are a few timeline questions that I thought would be helpful.
- At what age can a cow be bred? 13 – 17 months of age
- When does a cow start to give milk? After a calf is born
- Does a cow ever stop giving milk? About 2 months before her calf is born she will stop lactating to give the utters time to regenerate.
- What is the gestation period of a calf? It varies on the age, breed and sex of the calf but generally it is between 279 to 287 days. It usually takes longer to give birth to a bull calf.
- When can a calf be weaned? A calf can be weaned at about 4-5 months since they will be used to foraging by then.
- When should you expect for the mother cow to start nursing her calf? Between 2 to 4 hours after giving birth.
- What is a the lifespan of a cow? 18 to 20 years
- When can a cow be bred after calving? First time calf heifers = 90 to 120 days. Older heifers = 60 to 90 days.