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Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by Awp0302 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:07 pm

Our cow just had twins 2 days ago. Both are heifers, one black and one brown. Both rare right? Mama cleaned up and took to the black calf, but was kicking and bunting the brown calf off...just short of stomping her. We may have intervened to early by many opinions, but we were scared she was inadvertently going to kill the brown, so we pulled her away. She initially took a full bottle of colostrum powder. And has been taking a bottle twice a day since. Only problem is she will not take anymore colostrum....only milk replacer. Is it too late to continue trying colostrum powder? Do we wait her out until she’s so hungry she takes it? Continue with milk replacer? When or do you vaccinate a rejected calf sooner? Any advice anyone can give me is greatly appreciated.



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Re: Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by Buck Randall » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:39 pm

Colostrum is of no value after the calf is 12 hours old, so just go with the milk replacer.

Vaccinate her just like you would for any other calf. I recommend Inforce 3 and Once PMH intranasal as early as possible.

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Re: Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by circlebllc » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:40 pm

Rejection of one calf is not abnormal, happens. Colostrum antibodies is absorbed mostly before 24 hours, so replacer is now needed. Congrats, you now have a full time bottle calf. Might check your local sale barns, day old calves can be pretty high. I do not know about current prices.
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Post by Awp0302 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:39 pm

She’s hanging in there. Is a little blood in her stool normal?

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Re: Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by alisonb » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:41 am

Any signs of diarrhea? Apart from blood do you see any mucus? What color are the feces?
Is the blood red or dark brown/black?
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Re: Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:31 am

Awp0302 wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:07 pm
Our cow just had twins 2 days ago. Both are heifers, one black and one brown. Both rare right? Mama cleaned up and took to the black calf, but was kicking and bunting the brown calf off...just short of stomping her. We may have intervened to early by many opinions, but we were scared she was inadvertently going to kill the brown, so we pulled her away. She initially took a full bottle of colostrum powder. And has been taking a bottle twice a day since. Only problem is she will not take anymore colostrum....only milk replacer. Is it too late to continue trying colostrum powder? Do we wait her out until she’s so hungry she takes it? Continue with milk replacer? When or do you vaccinate a rejected calf sooner? Any advice anyone can give me is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:58 pm

:welcome: Twins are not "rare". What is rare, is getting lucky and both are alive - and both are heifers.
A bull/heifer combo generally means the heifer is sterile. We call that a freemartin.
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Re: Twin heifers...one rejected. Advice needed!

Post by ccr » Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:33 pm

below is a link to a previous thread about bottle babies.

https://cattletoday.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=49811

good luck
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