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Have not seen calf nurse

Postby JeffK-MN » Tue May 02, 2017 9:24 pm

Had a calf born on Saturday 3 days ago.
Have not seen it nurse for sure have tried to watch it and the cow and calf get nervous and walk to the other end of the pasture.
I saw the calf have a bowel movement tonight. The calf looks a little thin but walks with mom all over the pasture. this is a 8yr old cow that has had and raised great calves in the past. Should I be worried or not Thanks Jeff
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue May 02, 2017 9:53 pm

They draw down fast if they don't nurse. If you can not see the ribs you are OK.
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby dun » Tue May 02, 2017 10:48 pm

If something is coming out something has to be going in
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby kilroy60 » Wed May 03, 2017 4:21 am

dun wrote:If something is coming out something has to be going in

Agree. If the calf hasn't nursed in three days, I don't think it would still be alive.
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby Supa Dexta » Wed May 03, 2017 5:23 am

Yes they can live 3 days, but they would normally be pretty weak by then. What colour was the crap though?
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby MRRherefords » Wed May 03, 2017 5:28 am

I have had calves that I did not see nurse for close to a week, but did not get anxious as its energy level was way up, and they had bowel movements. Sometimes the cow gets nervous with me around and prefers to nurse the calf outside of my viewpoint. As said before if he is still very active and you can not see ribs, then my guess would be that the calf will be fine.
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby M-5 » Wed May 03, 2017 6:04 am

Check at a distance at daylight and sun set , 3 days it would be very lethargic
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby JeffK-MN » Wed May 03, 2017 9:24 am

Thanks for the info
The calf is active it kicked and tried to run away this morning I brought the cow and calf up so we can watch a little better Jeff
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby kucala5 » Wed May 03, 2017 5:44 pm

You can usually tell by mamas bag if the calf is nursing. I do feel better when I actually see it suck.
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Re: Have not seen calf nurse

Postby JeffK-MN » Mon May 15, 2017 9:14 pm

Thanks for the info.
Things are looking up. Had the vet. out on Wed. and they gave her a shot of resflor and promax gel.
And the next morning she was sucking and we got her back on mom. We just turned them back out with the other cows and calves.
This was a learning experience that worked out. Jeff
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