Connie was born on October 21. She is an Ayrshire/Angus cross. I haven't milked her Ayrshire mother this time around so she is getting all the milk. Her mother produced 4 gallons a day last lactation. The neighboring beef farmer has been astounded by her size; she is about the same size as some of his July calves. I weight-taped my herd yesterday and she was 277 lbs at 2 and a half months of age. Her mother isn't all that large - she is 1040 lbs (but she is on the thin side of body condition - she'd probably be 1150 if well-fleshed). Her last calf, full-blood Ayrshire, was 708 lbs when we butchered him at 10 months. We didn't worry about the previous calf's growth because he was destined for the freezer. But I have read that it is bad for a heifer to get too big too fast because they put fat deposits down in their udder which compromises their milking ability. Scouring has never been a problem, although I have heard that unlimited milk access can cause that. If people think this growth rate is a problem, I'm not sure what I would do about it. I have a new (human) baby coming and don't want to be in a milking routine this Spring, so am unlikely to start taking the milk for us. I don't really want to wean her either as it would necessitate grain feeding (calves don't develop their rumen for a few months). Suggestions?