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Old 10-21-2015, 12:16 PM
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Default We have a month old calf, just lost the Mama

We have a little calf a month old and we lost the momma just now. The little calf is fine and healthy and in with the herd,but we had to take the cow out and our question is, is it essential to remove the calf and bottle feed it right away. He eats grass and as I said is very healthy, but we want advise what to do. The cow was old but a very good momma and we just found her dead in the wood.She was still warmish so we are not sure when the calf last fed. Please let us know your advise,or experience with this issue.
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:52 PM
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The calf needs to be bottle fed for at least 8 more weeks.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:30 PM
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I agree--a good milk replacer if you are not milking one of your other cows. Sometimes, you can "convince" another lactating cow to adopt the little orphan.

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Old 10-22-2015, 12:57 AM
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It seems that one of the other Mom's has been letting our little orphan feed. This Mom has a calf a day older than the orphan and they have been best buddies all along. We have the three of them contained in our enclosure and all seem to be content. We did not expect this, but are so happy. We are checking regularly and the two calves are sucking away happily...Whew!!! We have the milk replacer ready to go but it seems we may not need it just yet. What do you all think?
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:54 AM
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I think you have a most excellent Mama cow!
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:10 AM
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Feed the cow extra rations of grain, and some high quality Alfalfa hay, or a good grass hay and a Calcium supplement to keep her milk production high, and to ward of "milk fever" which could quickly kill her, and may be what killed the first cow.
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