I've just recently had a calf her mother had no milk at all, she never bagged up! I live four hours from town and it was Saturday, thank God I still had a bottle from our former calf. So all I could do was give her our "hole" milk from the store until Monday, well we couldn't get to town until Wednesday By Monday she got a little bit of the skewers So here is what I did, to make sure she would have enough to fill her up I put about 1/4 cup of cream of wheat in her milk bottles . And to hopefully help with the skewers I crushed up an iron pill 325 mg. and put it in her milk bottle every other day for about a week. Even after we got the calf milk replacer, we also bought two bags of colostrum and gave her one a day, and a dose of Probios bovine "recommended dose". And after a few days, she didn't have the skewers, she never got weak or wobbly she did well the whole first week of home remedies. Now, three weeks later she still doing great. Oh ya, we also got some calf manna, she doesn't like it much, so I put just a small handful in a half of a bottle of her milk and feed that to her first then I give her a whole bottle of her milk , I am still giving her about 3/4 bottle hole milk along with however much calf replacer she can drink. it comes out to about $1.00 to $2.00 a day, about the same price as the calf milk! I hope this will help someone with similar crises!
I'm really glad it turned out well for you! And congratulations on your new calf! Do you have a name for her? And pictures?
Again, I'm really glad it turned out well but the cow will have milk even if she doesn't bag up. It might not be much at first but if she is milked regularly by either the calf or you, that little bit will increase. It is worth it for even a bit of colostrum at a time in the first few hours. Next best fresh or frozen colostrum is the the colostum replacers but still within the first few hours. By a few days after birth, it wont hurt but doesnt help as the calf quickly loses the ability to absorb the antibodies.
Post by monicahupp on May 10, 2019 17:18:29 GMT -5
Hello, thank you for your reply. No, I haven't named her yet, Precious and Angel have come to mind. But those are the first words out of your mouth when you see any baby!! I have taken some video and pics but I can't get them to download to my computer, I'll keep trying. Her mama never got milk we tried milking her the first we noticed, I even tried hosting her bag and utters with warm water for an hour two or three times, messaging her milk vain. We had purchased a$600.00 milking machines, hooked it up to and that didn't work. Baby still trying to suckle to this day. We couldn't find anything wrong with mama, she ate good, drank, her poop was a little loose, but she was that way when we got her a few months ago. Actually, her poop is normal since she had baby no one had any answers if anyone has any suggestions well take them, we really didn't want to bottle feed, naturally, of course, is so much better.
Post by jerseyrose on May 15, 2019 13:46:26 GMT -5
Leave the calf with her to keep trying and maybe her milk will come in. I have had it happen in both a sheep and goat. I bottle fed in the meantime and I think it was 3 weeks for the sheep, but it happened and she had a normal lactation.
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My calf will be two months old on June 18, mama STILL has no milk, her teets are deflated and so is her bag,the calf tryes every day to suckle on her ,every day!she stands still and doesnd move.Does mama not know she doesnt have any milk,shes a good mama very protective. Has anyone ever heard of this?
at 2 months old and if she is taking everything mom produces , moms bag will look empty and deflated , the only way you will know is to separate for 12 to 24 hours , and then put them back together , foam and a wagging tail on the calf she is getting milk Suzanne
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Post by westxgrl13 on Mar 26, 2020 12:09:45 GMT -5
Gosh. That is really weird that the cow never came into milk. That does happen--we have had a couple of goats in the past that never made milk. Are you going to rebreed her, or send those "no-milk" genetics to the freezer?
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