What to do with orphaned calf

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Jun 5, 2006
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Shelby County,Texas
I have a calf that her mother passed away2 weeks after she was born. She has been surviving off the other cows in the herd from only a couple letting her suck a little at a time. She has been doing this for about 3 or 4 months. She is not getting the nutrition she needs as she is real small. I now have put her in a pen and feeding her grain. My question is what is the best thing to do for her.

Thanks for any help
If you can get her to eat a good quality starter feed, that would help. Start with small amounts and work her, gradually, up to the package recommendations. Keep her on grass, if possible, and it wouldn't hurt to also offer her some good quality hay. Hit her with a de-wormer. Once you have her looking pretty good, I agree with MRR and sell her.

Or, you could just go ahead and take her to the sale now, and not have to fool with her.

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