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Timing For/Of New Born Calf - Colostrum Supplementation
« on: March 31, 2019, 05:06:10 PM »
Last year I experienced a high number of unassisted new born calves that would get up and around and look fine, but not nurse and get colostrum early.  Lost calves!

CALVING SITUATION/ISSUE AND QUESTION:

You just went to the calving barn/lot/field.  You find  a perfect looking, healthy, strong, new born calf with mama cow attending (maybe licking calf off or maybe calf is cleaned, dry and up walking/running around).  You DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG THE CALF HAS BEEN BORN.

BUT, you do NOT see calf nurse.  You check later and calf not nursing.  You check again later and calf STILL not nursing.  Also, you can not detect if cows teats have been sucked/cleaned off and NO quarters of the mama cows udders seem to be drawn down/reduced/milked down).  P.S.  i know what the books say...

HOW LONG, IN HOURS, DO YOU WAIT TO SUPPLEMENT COLOSTRUM TO NEW BORN CALF? 

I use commercially purchased powered colostrum.  REASONS:  Ease of storage, mixing, availability, orally communicable disease control from unknown cows in real milk, specifically, Johness Disease in our geographic area.  I normally use half of a bag of powered colostrum in a quart of warm water and a half cup of liquid corn syrup mixture.  If I do not see the calf nurse in 8-12 hours, I will give the mixture again. 

Example:  I know one cattleman that uses a strict policy of.  If he has NOT seen calf nurse within 6 hours of finding the new born calf, he automaticaly Tubes colostrum to calf.
 

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Re: Timing For/Of New Born Calf - Colostrum Supplementation
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2019, 07:37:28 PM »
I will tube colostrum supplement after 3-4hrs of no nursing in hopes of bringing the calfs energy level up to where it will nurse itself. If it still doesn't nurse within a couple hours after that I will try to help it or will milk the cow out and bottle feed or tube. I do not like waiting to long.

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Re: Timing For/Of New Born Calf - Colostrum Supplementation
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2019, 10:07:38 PM »
Calf should be nursing within an hour at most on average. Six hours would be my window. I put the cow in the squeeze chute and milk her.
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