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For the anatomical feature, see calf muscle.


A Calf (plural calves) is the young of an animal. The term is mainly used for cattle, although deer, whales and elephants also have calves.

A cattle calf is a child of a cow and a bull and a calf that has lost its mother is referred to as a dogie. With respect to cattle calves, calf meat is called veal; fine calf skin used for pages in early codexes is called pergamon. The fourth stomach of slaughtered milk fed calves is the source of rennet. Calves feed from their mother's udders for a few weeks before eating solid food.

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