My old Jersey's udder is at hock level and the newborn calves are searching for a teat up by her flanks where nature intended the teats to be. Plus the cow gets udder edema so bad I just tube the colostrum to them. No fighting, no refusal, and you know they got her colostrum before it is too late with none of this fretting about did they get colostrum or not
Last calf she had she hid her heifer calf in the pasture. By the time I found her the belly button cord was dry, must have been a couple of days old. Well, she must not have gotten enough colostrum because she died in a week for no apparent reason like a cut flower from the grocery store.
For future reference tubing is not difficult with the setup. You back the calf into a corner, hold their shoulder between your legs, lift their chin with one hand and insert the tube all the way down their throat with the other. Someone can hold the bag of milk. Then raise up the bag and the colostrum quickly drains into the calf's stomach.