> Sometimes you can tell if a calf
> has nursed by the size of the bag
> on the cow, as well as by looking
> at the teets of the cow. Usually
> you can see where the calf has
> been nursing on a particular teet. The calf is 2-3 days old it up and getting around but mama front 2 teets are very big, back two looks ok but the calf doesnt seem to be sucking, it tries but couldnt get front teets in its mouth. any suggestions?
if it has nursed the back two, it will be ok for now, nutrition-wise. if the front two aren't too terribly big, as the calf gets a little bigger & stronger in the next couple of days (if he is for sure nursing the back two), he may go ahead & take the front two as well. BUT, he may not, in which case you may need to either tie up the cow & help the calf nurse the front two, or milk them out yourself & bottle the calf.
> if it has nursed the back two, it
> will be ok for now,
> nutrition-wise. if the front two
> aren't too terribly big, as the
> calf gets a little bigger &
> stronger in the next couple of
> days (if he is for sure nursing
> the back two), he may go ahead
> & take the front two as well.
> BUT, he may not, in which case you
> may need to either tie up the cow
> & help the calf nurse the
> front two, or milk them out
> yourself & bottle the calf. How can you tell if he is sucking the back,, how long will the calf life if he is not
if they have been nursed, they will not be as full and tight as if they have not. also, the hair around it may look like it has been wet & is now dry & stiff. the best way is to watch the calf and make sure he is actually nursing & taking hold of the back teats. many times if a calf is laying down, you can get him up & his first instinct will be to go nurse....that's a good time to observe & make sure he really is sucking.
how long w/o milk? probably only a day or a day & a half (& then it may still be alive but may be too to even take a bottle)
How big ar the front teats? Are the large all the way down, cone shaped, etc.? Since she lost her calf last year I would catch her and see if you can get milk from the rear two and strip some from the front two and make sure there isn;t something wrong with any of them. If the teats are realy bulbous, unless you want to hand milk her and bottle feed the calf she probably needs to grow wheels.
> the only way to know for sure is
> to actually observe it nursing.
> good luck.