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Friday, March 4, 2011

Left Alone

This little fella has come to be my responsibility now, after being left alone in the pasture. We don't know for sure what happened to cause his mother to leave him. Sometimes when a cow has twins one will be cast aside; one follows her, the other stays behind, she forgets about it and only takes the one which followed. But this calf is too large to be a twin, so we've just about come to the conclusion that the cow had an older calf still nursing. Anyway, after giving him a day or two to bond with his mother, and it didn't happen, we brought him home. Now it's usually harder to get a male calf to suck a bottle, so my husband fed packaged colostrum through a tube to him yesterday evening, and this morning and at noon he took the bottle. That's a very good sign; on the other hand, see his white eye? That happens when a calf doesn't get his mother's first milk; they will go blind first, then die. We're hoping he got a little from his mother and will be o.k. So, for now he gets this:
and it's an extra job for me; not a difficult job, just time consuming. When the calf gets a little bigger and learns what my coming to him is all about, he'll be tough to handle. Am I up to it?


5 comments:

  1. good luck, it sounds like a lot of work!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  2. Poor thing....I hope he makes it and good luck taking care of him!
    Linda

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  3. I need to get Lily up there to help with join. She would live it.

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  4. Oh, that's sad. I didn't know that about calves going blind (& maybe dying) if they aren't with their mothers from the beginning.

    Good luck with your job - I know you'll do fine.

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