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Offline cad58y

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How long will mom produce adequate milk for week old calf?
« on: April 28, 2018, 06:33:03 PM »
Bull calf born 7 days ago and would not suck.  Suspect unilateral tongue paralysis which is now improving.  Tubed calf for 4 days and was finally able to transition to bottle feeding.  We are now at 7 days and appears to be able to suck mom adequately.  I am supplementing one quart bottle feeding twice a day.  At this stage will mom still be able to produce enough milk for her calf and how can I tell if the calf is getting adequate nutrition?  I do not have a squeeze chute so that I could physically milk her.  Thannks

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Re: How long will mom produce adequate milk for week old calf?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 09:14:07 PM »
My thoughts are if the calf nurses and nurses aggressively (butting her while sucking) she should come into her milk. I would think if she wasn't providing enough milk the calf would do poorer that its contemporaries pretty quick.

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Re: How long will mom produce adequate milk for week old calf?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 11:19:14 PM »
If the calf is able to nurse effectively,   stop feeding it by hand.   The increased hunger will result in the calf seeking the cow more often and more often milk-out will stimulate production.   I had one just like  yours that didn't nurse for 9 days and once it started,  the cow visibly increased production within 4 days. 

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Re: How long will mom produce adequate milk for week old calf?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 05:49:31 PM »
Thank you for the replies.  Yesterday I observed the calf nursing on 3 occasions including butting her udder.  I am currently bottle feeding every 12 hours.  Starting tomorrow I will decrease that to once at dusk for a few days.  Hopefully we are over the "hump".  Bob Smits

 

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