Big dumb bull calf syndrome

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Big dumb bull calf syndrome

Postby Gategirl » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:05 pm

This appears to be what we are dealing with.

Black Angus Mama. Hereford bull. We have approx 30 calves on the ground. Yesterday by accident noticed buzzards. Found Mama leaving newborn and buzzards moving in closer and closer. Geez! Huge calf! Husband and son say bull calf bumping 100 pounds! Never had this problem before.

Calf just wouldn’t/ couldn’t get up. We took shifts from a distance keeping buzzards away. Never got calf up.

Hubby ran to town to get colostrum. Gave it to calf. Took him to the herdwhere his mama was right at dark. Calf perked up but not steady. Mama walked off like he was to follow. Nope. He got him self kick rolled, etc.

Hubby decided to bring him to house feed him and try to take him back to mama tomorrow. Coyotes would have gotten him if we would have left him out there overnight.

He can get up on his own, feeds from bottle, tries to hop around. I just would like to see him on his feet more.

We’ve had 2 other experiences with bottle calves over the years. It’s a pain in the rear...

Any advice or has anyone had luck getting calf back on mama after being away from her a couple days?
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Re: Big dumb bull calf syndrome

Postby jerry27150 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:53 pm

definitely not a good mother, I have made them take calf, but she doesn't want one. most would have fought buzzards over dead calf even
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Re: Big dumb bull calf syndrome

Postby bball » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:30 pm

You got to get her penned up with the calf for a few days. May even have to get her in a chute and 'help' the calf nurse. It's a huge PIA but that angxherf cross will grow well if you can get mom to take him. She would be elevated high on the cull list also.
A shot of multi min isn't going to hurt the calf either.
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Re: Big dumb bull calf syndrome

Postby kucala5 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:31 pm

I bet Mama will take him with a little help. It's worth the effort. We had a heifer four years ago we had to put in the shoot for a week to take her calf…she's been a great Mom since then. Good luck!
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Re: Big dumb bull calf syndrome

Postby Ebenezer » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:44 pm

When you get her in the pen and put the calf in or within view, take a dog out to the pen on the off side of the calf. It can help the natural defensive nature of the cow to kick in. Not always but sometimes.
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