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Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:11 am
by Jdwest
I have a brangus calf that lost its mother on Tuesday this week. I have it in a dry shaded location with clean water available. It has taken to the bottle well and I'm currently feeding it two quarts twice a day but occasionally she won't take it all and her stomach is growling and making noises when I feed her. She is very lively and seems to be healthy .She had a loose poop today but it didn't look like scours. Should I be worried that she is taking scours or is it just loose naturally?

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:14 am
by MRRherefords
It is probably loose naturally. I am currently feeding a bottle calf now and she had the same thing for the first week or two.

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:17 am
by Workinonit Farm
It sounds to me, that her digestive system/"stomach" is getting used to the change in milk, from momma's milk to "formula". She should be fine.

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:53 am
by cowgirl8
The moment she wont eat, take her off milk and give electrolytes only..Worm her for stomach worms, bottle calves get them easily. Soon as you see improvement, she can got back on milk. Call your vet and see if they feel medication is needed. BUt the most important thing to do at first is stop all milk if the calf quits eating with their normal gusto...

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:31 pm
by Jdwest
Ok thanks for the replies everybody

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:51 pm
by Rafter S
Make sure you're feeding a good quality milk. I haven't fooled with bottle calves in years, but it's my understanding that there are some soy based products out there that aren't much good.

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:03 pm
by skyhightree1
Rafter S wrote:Make sure you're feeding a good quality milk. I haven't fooled with bottle calves in years, but it's my understanding that there are some soy based products out there that aren't much good.


stay away from soy milk

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:17 pm
by Jdwest
I'm currently using the Purina milk replacer which is not soy I believe

Re: Bottle calf

Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:24 am
by cowgirl8
If she is scoured yet still eating good, its probably stomach worms. Paste wormers are best for stomach worms. You can take a stool sample to your vet to find out why its runny. That way you are nipping the bud quick...