Mila and Hannah are dairy calves who were born as mixed race. The farm where they were born specialized in producing 100% Jersey dairy products, so Mila and Hannah were not able to join the production line of dairy cows.
In order for cows to be able to produce a high yield of milk, they have to give birth to calves at regular intervals, and they are only impregnated with the expensive 100% Jersey sperm when it is economically advantageous to the farmer.
Mixed-breed calves are seen as a necessary waste product and are dealt with accordingly. They spend a brief number of months alone in tiny “huts” the size of dog houses, mooing for their moms to come rescue them. When they have reached the most profitable weight, compared to the cost of feeding and housing them, the calves are sent to the slaughterhouse. Mila and Hannah were living in each their own little solitary confinement hut, destined for the slaughterhouse.
Mila and Hannah were both just a few weeks old when they arrived at Fields of Freedom. Scared and unsure of themselves, the first month was a steep learning curve for them to get used to being in a new home without a mother.
Mila is a few weeks older than Hannah. She took Hannah under her wing and gave her comfort at nighttime and when she was feeling low. When 6-year-old Dawn arrived, both Mila and Hannah sought love and support from big Dawn.
As she has grown older, Mila has become a lot more confident. She can often be found grazing alone or with the sheep, while Hannah always remains close to Dawn. Mila will often sneak under the fence to grab extra fallen apples or a tasty nibble of a bush in a neighboring field.
Hannah likes to be first in the hay bucket – and Dawn doesn’t mind – while Mila will always be last to come and get hay as she prefers to eat what she can find out in the fields.
Mila and Hannah both really enjoy being around the sheep and they really love to play chase around the fields with the two sheep, Karma, and Sutra.
Sometimes all three cows – Dawn, Mila, and Hannah – will run up to the top of the hill here at the sanctuary, and race each other back down, then do it all over again.
Both Mila and Hannah enjoy human interaction and a big cuddle or a good brush-down but Hannah is still a little nervous around new humans she meets.