plumber_greg wrote:For years I have calved in the winter. I force feed them a little milk and some really sweet syrup, about a quarter a gallon, and within a few minutes they are ready to suck. Drying them off is not nearly as important as their core temp. Stick your finger in their mouth, if it feels cold, use the feeding tube and warm them up. You will be amazed how fast they recover. gs
We have experimented this year with using a Colostrum Bolus that also contains Vitamins A, D & E - have found that we can get this down the calf quickly while warming. It is not a replacement for getting colostrum from tube/bottle or cow, but seems to give them a bit of an jump-start. We have definitely seen a difference in the calves that we have given the bolus and those that we haven't.
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