With over 60% of Queensland drought declared, there has been a noticeable increase in early weaning calves in some of the driest parts of the state. Early weaning can be defined as weaning calves at an age that is younger than what is ‘usual’ practise. The typical weaning age in Queensland is between 5-8 months with many factors affecting this range. If in a situation where early weaning is necessary, calves weaned at 3-4 months are easier to feed and manage than younger calves. However, provided they are fed a high energy, high crude protein, grain-based diet and managed correctly, calves can be safely weaned without a milk replacer as young as 4 weeks old.