I just pulled our jersey bull calf from his mother on Saturday and have been giving him 1.5 qts of grain/day plus 1.5-2 qts milk and all the grass hay he wants. He looks fine to me but my dairy farmer neighbor told me yesterday that she gives about 10 lbs grain/day to her calves when they are that age. My 1.5 qt of grain weighs about 2.5-3 lbs, so I'm wayyyyy below the 10 lb stage. Then again her calves have not been on their mothers for 3 months. The calf looks to be a good 225-250 lbs. The calf looks satisfied with the grain and milk, not bawling or acting starving. The weaning has been gradual over the last 6 weeks and cow/calf are next to each other in adjacent pens. And another question - chances are high that Dh and I will butcher this bull calf in early June, at 6.5 months of age - we're moving to a non-farm situation. We prefer grassfed beef for health reasons but my reading says this calf will not have well-enough developed rumen to thrive on grass alone till at least 6-7 months of age and needs grain till then for protein if not left on the cow. I will always take the compassionate approach to animal rearing, even if it comes at some loss to my family table. Any insights or advice? thanks, Cathy thanks! thanks!