Why do calves cross suckle
Cross-suckling is when calves suckle on each other or their surroundings after feeding.
It’s worth taking the time to check after feeding for cross suckling as it can cause short term infections and long-term damage.
If you watch your calves after feeding you will see that the length of time they spend cross suckling is directly linked to the speed in which they drink.
Example: A calf fed 4L at ‘natures speed’ should take around 12 - 15 minutes to drink. After drinking she will be quiet and settled. Her suckling urge is satisfied, and she is content. If she drinks 4L in 8 minutes or less, then she will spend the next 4-5 minutes cross suckling to satisfy the natural suckling urge.