We woke to a new calf this morning. She may be premature, not sure though. Calf is small and mom left her. I don't think she even cleaned her up. We have to help her stand and then she could walk around, but doesn't get up on her own yet. Moms bag is so small and we aren't able to get much colostrum out of her. We have got about 3 pints of colostrum out of 2 times trying to milk. Not sure her milk has even come in all the way yet. Baby is getting weaker and she has scours and blood in her urine. We were told she is to young to have scours, but looks like scours to me. We are trying to get electrolytes down her but she isn't sucking anymore. What other things should we try for the calf and how do we know if her mothers milk is in or not and what to do for that. This is a first time heifer. Her bag is to high for the calf to even reach. The calf is 21" and around 26 lbs. Any help would be appreciated. I would hate to lose
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2011 17:08:32 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Two pints is better than nothing. If she is too weak to suck, you'll have to tube her. If she is that tiny, two pints as often as you can is probably better than the half gallon a full size calf would take. Does the mom have colostrum? (Thick, yellow, very sticky?) Were her 'scours' dark, like from passing the (never can spell this) meconium? If your local vets are anything like mine, they won't come out for a calf. But they might let you bring her in and tube her if you don't know how. All you can really do is keep trying.
yes her mom has very thick colostrum. Her scours are bright yellow. I hope I am getting enough electrolytes down her to keep he hydrated. If she did come early is there a chance her mothers milk hasn't came in all the way? If so, would it come in on its own eventually or is there things I can do. Thanks for all the help so far.
Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Aug 19, 2010 0:31:04 GMT -5
Hi Jan is this the Jersey heifer I sold you? If it is her mom had small really high up tight udder but peaked at 5 gallons her first lactation. I would tube feed her colostrom from another cow if you have it if not I have some, keep a work light on her to keep her warm if she is premature she will have a hard time maintaining body temperature. She needs to be tubed every couple of hours just a little to keep her strenth up and keep her going in the right direction. We had one born this year to an angus cow that couldnt even stand we kept a work light on her and tubed her every four hours it took about three days and she finally got up and started nursing on her mom. I fed her my Jerseys colostrom. I would get the colostrom in her if you havent already. Is her poo watery? Heather
Yes it doesn't sound like you have a scour problem. And as small as she is she would not be up and tearing around much either. Just eat a little and lay back down and sleep. I don't think electrolytes in an hours old baby is a very good idea. I think she is just full. She doesn't sound premature if she has teeth and plenty of hair. If she is pooping and peeing she has nursed by all that I have ever seen.
Are you sure there is blood in the urine? Please post pics they would help tremendously.
Even the tinyest we have had could have reached a Holstein cow's udder. She was a 30lb heifer and 21". Shirla
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2010 9:01:16 GMT -5 by cccjerseys
Yes Heather, this is the cow we got from you. The calf can not stand up by herself and we have been milking out the colostrum and trying to get it down the baby. I know I 3 pints down her between 7:00 and 2:00 then she started getting weeker and looking dehydrated. We will try and feed her every few hours and and see how she does. We also have another cow in milk, so if I can't get enough colostrum out of her mom for the baby, I can supplement with milk. I will try and get a picture of the mothers and the baby
Stronger this morning. sucked better and eyes are not sunken anymore. Not limp anymore. She does have a hard time staying warm, so we put a lamp in the calf pen to keep her warmer. We will keep an eye on her and still feed her a little every few hours.
If at all possible, instead of milking the cow and bottle feeding the little one, you might try holding her up to mom and letting her nurse. I just went through 3 days and nights with one like yours. The natural temp of the milk straight from the teat is very useful in them staying warmer. Mine would nurse longer this way almost falling asleep in my arms when she got full. Kind of like a breast fed baby. Now at a week old, I can't hardly catch her!
Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Aug 20, 2010 18:28:49 GMT -5
Hi Jan. How is she doing today? Here is a picture of her mom this was the day we brought her home so she was kinda dirty but it is the only picture I can find of her right now.
She had a really small udder but like I said this was her first lactation and peaked at 5 gallons. But by the sounds of things I think your calf may be a couple weeks early. With supportive therapy she should pull through. If you need colostrom I know I am a couple hours away but I have a little here if you need it. I think if you feed her whatever colostrom you can get from her mom and then supplement her with milk from your other cow to keep her strength up she should do well. Heres hoping things are looking better, Heather
Thanks Heather for the picture. I think she was a little early. Luckily the Calf will only take a pint or 2 at a time and I'm feeding her 3 times a day. She is finally getting up on her own. She is getting a lot stronger. The mom is only giving us a half a gallon morning and night. I still think we have a chance of that picking up if she calved early. Here is her bag
Post by Nonesuch Melissa on Aug 22, 2010 5:15:42 GMT -5
It may be a bad camera angle but your cow may be a little thin... what are you feeding her?
Our Dexter calves often weight 22-25 pounds and are perfectly healthy and normal and I would imagine a mini-jersey calf could easily be that small too. You will be amazed at how far she can stretch her neck up when she is feeling better.
Good job keeping her warm and fed, hoping to hear that she is vigorous and bright this morning.
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It is taken before she was milked. She has always been thin. It is hard to keep weight on her. She gets good alfalfa hay and grain. Our other cows keep weight on with the same. Calf is health and eating well know.
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