Cow having enough milk

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mhill

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I have a Limo that had her calf a week ago. She never sprung up and her udder looks like a dish rag. The day after it looked as though she had some milk, but the calf was knocking on death's door and had scours so I tubed fed it some electrolytes and some medicated milk replacer for two consecutive feedings. (Thursday night and Friday morning) Calf has been with mom since and appears ok, but when I see him nurse he doesn't come away with the milk mustache like the other calves . Her udder still looks wrung out. I had another fall calf that died out on pasture because his mother didn't have enough milk and don't want to lose another. They are fed well(silage and good grass hay until grass grows) Calf also refuses bottle as as a supplement. Any advice.
 

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maybe a shot of oxytocin. but if it worked it would just be a bandaid for a cow that needs to be sale barn bound. and if the calf is a heifer dont retain her
 

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mhill":2psevdz2 said:
I have a Limo that had her calf a week ago. She never sprung up and her udder looks like a dish rag. The day after it looked as though she had some milk, but the calf was knocking on death's door and had scours so I tubed fed it some electrolytes and some medicated milk replacer for two consecutive feedings. (Thursday night and Friday morning) Calf has been with mom since and appears ok, but when I see him nurse he doesn't come away with the milk mustache like the other calves . Her udder still looks wrung out. I had another fall calf that died out on pasture because his mother didn't have enough milk and don't want to lose another. They are fed well(silage and good grass hay until grass grows) Calf also refuses bottle as as a supplement. Any advice.

Have you checked her udder to see if she has milk? We had a heifer that we had marked for the sale barn because she weaned so light and just looked terrible. When we weaned her, we realized her mom wasn't complaining. Her udder looked just the same as when the calf was nursing. We got her in the chute and found that she really only had milk in one quarter. So she went to the sale barn and the heifer has turned into a very good cow. If you can, get her up and check her out. Good luck....
 

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