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Unread February 17th, 2010, 00:02
lilosbornefarm lilosbornefarm is offline
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Default newborn calf hypothermia

we had a first calf heifer to calve today in the snow, wind and in the creek! WE finally got calf warm after a warm bath and hair dryer! Now what should we do, put him straight out in the barn or in the outbuilding with a heater. Don't want to freeze him since he's been in the house. We gave him a tube feeding of warm colostrum and doing better.
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Unread February 17th, 2010, 17:13
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well now thankfully, by miracle only, it is great. I gave it warm powder colostrum via tube feeding yesterday after the warm bath. She was up and back warm (warm mouth/legs). We moved her outside in our heated outbuilding last night. Her cord bled, which I've never seen, so we clamped it off and that's fine now. Now that we got the heifer up and in the barn she won't let it nurse!!!! I gave it some more colostrum so we could get it in within the 24 hr period. The heifer licked it, will let it nuzzle all over her to find her bag, but then when she gets back there she kicks it. They are side by side in barn, but separated by a block wall. The cow will ball for the calf and calf to its mom. I hope she will take it, we are going to try again later, but the heifer is WILD!! Thanks for asking.
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Unread February 17th, 2010, 21:17
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Welcome to the forum,
Have you milked any colostrum out of the heifer? if her udder is engorged and painfull, that could be the reason she won't let the calf suckle, milk her out partially and let the calf suckle (you can store the colostrum in the 'fridge)
If she is not engorged, you might need to hobble the heifer to prevent her kicking, untill she accepts the calf.
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Unread February 17th, 2010, 22:38
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Thank you. We haven't milked any colostrum out yet. She is a wild heifer and unfortunately she is here at our house on the farm instead of at our other farm with the nice shoot system. I know that's what she needs, you can tell they are engorged and I'm sure painful. I mostly do all the farming during the day while my husband works so hopefully when he gets home when can do that. Any suggestions about the hobbling? I just don't want her to get wild and thrash and fight and hurt herself or the calf since we don't have a shoot here.
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Unread January 1st, 2011, 14:19
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If you make fun of all heifer colostrum? if her breast is blocked and painful, which could be the reason why he did not let the calf suck the milk from his side and give the calf to suck If you do not become clogged, it may be to obstruct a heifer to prevent his kicking, until adopt a calf.

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