Well the time has finally arrived, Zephyr is 11 months old and I am weaning him.
I actually started leading him away from Merlot for short periods from 4 months of age and lately had been grazing her separately in the next door paddock for an hour or so.
This all meant that neither of them are stressing at all (in fact when I checked on them a few minutes ago, Lord Lubs was busy playing with his NBF Danny Boy) and it is now 24 hours on since they have been totally separated. They are next door to each other so can see but not touch.
Now My question is....How do I help Merlot get rid of her milk??? I had thought (DUH!) that she wasn't producing much as her bag was always so small. Now I realise that that was because His Lordship is a complete guts. The poor girl looks VERY uncomfortable when she walks - sort of like she has an exercise ball between her legs.
How many days will this take to go down? Is she at risk of milk fever etc?
Cheers and thanks