Generally, pigs and cows get along well

Cattle farming

When a cow has a calf, it (like all mammals) produces milk to feed the young. Dairy cows are bred to give much more milk than their own calf would need.

If a dairy cow has a calf, it is usually separated from the mother after a few days. The calves are then kept in groups and cared for by humans. A specialty is the mother-bound calf rearing. Here the dairy cows are kept with their calves for several months. The cows are then milked daily and the calves still drink milk from their mother's udder.

A dairy cow is milked twice a day. As the amount of milk a cow produces decreases over time, dairy cows usually have a calf once a year. A cow is pregnant for nine months. Six to eight weeks before the new calf is born, the cow is "put dry", that is, it is no longer milked. After the birth of the new calf, the cow starts producing milk again and is milked again.

Suckler cows

If cattle are used for meat production, they are often kept in "suckler cow herds". This means that the cows live with their calves on the pasture - sometimes in stables during the winter months. The calves drink the milk from their mothers and, when they are bigger, also eat grass and hay. The young cattle are only separated from their mothers when they are around ten months old. Suckler cows also usually have a calf once a year.