Not sure if new born calf is ok

Discussion in 'Breeding and Calving' started by 4M'sGirl, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. 4M'sGirl

    4M'sGirl New Member

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    We just had a calf born early this morning. We were not awake to see if the calf nursed or not. The calf was standing for a little bit. We went to work and about 5 hrs later the calf is laying down and momma is on the other side of the pasture. We cant get the calf to stand. Any suggestions as what to do?
     
  2. cattleguy91

    cattleguy91 New Member

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    Sounds like it probably didn’t feed yet so I would get some colostrum in it. If it doesn’t take from bottle then tube feed it. And then you should probably make sure that the mother takes her calf.
     

  3. Ricky'sMomma

    Ricky'sMomma New Member

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    What @cattleguy91 said. You should get some colostrum into him as soon as possible; five hours is a rather long time.
     
  4. 4M'sGirl

    4M'sGirl New Member

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    The calf finally started nursing after I got home. I’m still not sure if he is going to be ok. The momma is very friendly with me and let me get close and help the calf get up. The calf nursed for a good 20 or 30 mins.
     
  5. Ricky'sMomma

    Ricky'sMomma New Member

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    20-30 minutes should be good. Just keep an eye on him until he's a bit older.
     
  6. 4M'sGirl

    4M'sGirl New Member

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    Thank you all. I will keep you posted.
     
  7. Ricky'sMomma

    Ricky'sMomma New Member

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    What a cute little feller!
     
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