Page 1 of 1

calf wont suck

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:19 pm
by JKMB
I have a cow that had a c-section to a 135 lb calf. Cow had complications and died a week later. Calf did nurse off his mom in first few days. Calf will not take a bottle or even suck on your fingers. We are currently tubing him morning and night to get him the milk. Calf is 2 1/2 weeks old. Any suggestions on trying to get calf to take a bottle. We have literally tried everything we can think of. Thanks for your input!

Re: calf wont suck

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:37 pm
by M-5
It will be easier to bucket train him if you can. If he has access to water he may be filling up on it before you try.

Re: calf wont suck

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:39 pm
by Rafter S
Straddle him, and back him up into a corner so you can control him. Stick the nipple in his mouth, hold the bottle with one hand, and squeeze his jaw shut with the other. Repeat squeezing his jaw shut, forcing milk into his mouth, as needed until he figures it out.

Re: calf wont suck

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:53 pm
by TCRanch
Read the following thread:
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=108219

Good luck and keep us posted!