Your calf will be your pet, so it’s important that its type and size matches your age and size.
You will spend hours with this young animal and become very fond of it, so the first step is to ask a farmer if you can have a calf. This could be your neighbour, parents or friends.
You will need to convince the farmer that you are really serious about having a calf, and that you will love and care for it all the way through to Calf Club. It also helps if you have some idea of the type of calf you’d like – this will help convince the farmer that you’ve done your homework, and make him or her happier to entrust you with one of their calves.
Remember to have this talk before calving starts so the farmer can watch out for the right calf for you.
Calves for Calf Club are generally heifers (female) and after Calf Club is over they return to become 'just another' of the heifer calves which will grow and become part of the herd.
When choosing your calf, look at the herd you’re getting your calf from so you know what a good cow looks like. Cows have to walk long distances, eat lots of grass, make milk and have calves of their own - so they need to be strong and healthy.
What to look for?
Looking at the mother of your calf will tell you a lot about what your calf will be like when it grows up – but here are some general guidelines.