How can you be sure a newborn calf has sucked and got colostrum?

Discussion in 'Breeding and Calving' started by Cowlover, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Cowlover

    Cowlover New Member

    They say a calf needs colostrum in the first six hours but how can you be sure its sucked? Sometimes I think it'll be fine whilst other times a calf may look weaker and hasn't got up and possibly not sucked and is sometimes dead the next day. Is there any way (other than staying there and watching for six hours) to be sure? Can you really tell by looking at it?
  2. Kathy schropp

    Kathy schropp New Member

    No you can't. It you can usually tell it's nursing but looking at the udder or the calves face....