Yesterday I bought, at auction, a 210# angus steer calf whose mother proceeded her in the sale. So the situation is obvious that he was feeding. In a moment of going brain dead I let the calf out directly into the field to get some immediate water and have lost the ability to bottle feed unless I take drastic action to recover. Because of the stress of the day he wants no part of me. I have other calves that are late February that are about 50# heaver so I figure him to be 2 1/2 - 3 months. Am I ok to let him go or should I more agressively pursue and continue to provide milk substitute. Other than bawling for his mother all night he seems healthy but is not eating quite as much as the others.