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Old 03-24-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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Any old school methods for getting a heifer to take her calf. Yesterday I tied her head in the trailer and a back leg to let the calf suck. Then I milked her out after the calf was full thinking it would relieve pressure and make her bag feel better. But today she is still kicking the calf off. We will repeat the steps from yesterday. Just wonder if there were any remedies.

Ps wasnt to bad I just got kicked once and only broke one of her horns.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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Shawn I have poured liquid molassis sp? on the calf after pulling on a first calf heifer and confining to a small area
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:44 PM   #3
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They have that orphan no more powder u can buy at the vet....but if its her own calf and she doesnt want it, I doubt that will help......
I hate bad mothers.....here is what we have done with a few (FYI-its a long process and takes time outa your day, every day and its still not guaranteed to work )
If she is horned, leave her tied up, in the barn/pen, so she has just enuf rope to reach her feed......u may have to tie a leg back for awhile for the calf to suck til he is strong and aggressive enuf to get in there and get roughed up a little. Everytime she kicks him or tries to horn him....whack her on the horn with a stout pipe or stick Let the calf suck morning and night...at noon too if ya want. Grain her when u let the calf suck. If she is pretty crazy u may not want to leave her tied up all nite, she could throw a fit and kill herself. (but then u have to put the rope back on her every morning) Most eventually figure out that they need to stand still after a couple days, and u can just stand by her pen with your stick and she will let the calf suck without being tied......if she knows she is gonna get it if she kicks him......some eventually take their calves and some have to be kept in the corral half the summer....not fun.....so u could just haul her to the salebarn and feed the calf a bottle and save yourself a lot of headache I am also not responsible for any injuries to yourself or the cow due to this method
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:54 PM   #4
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Put a set of hobbles on her for a week.......worked for me.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:17 PM   #5
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Keep them in as tight a place as you can. A cow will usually take the calf when HER milk comes through the calf's system! If you can let it suck morning & night do it. If she won't let it nurse keep bottling it with her milk. Pour alittle of her milk on its tailhead every time you let it nurse or bottle. After a few days give them a bigger space to see if she takes it. Good luck! Usually when the calf gets strong enough it will take her, like it or not. The little devils are tougher then you think! I had a cow get killed with a 6 wk old hfr. calf a few yrs ago & it stole enough milk from other cows to survive! It would catch a calf sucking mother & sneek in on the other side & get a few draws of milk till mother discovered 2 babies sucking GAME OVER! That hfr.calf just calved with her 2nd calf the otherday!
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:30 PM   #6
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I've had luck with haltering the cow and tying her in a small pen with hobbles on. at the start only putting the calve in a couple times a day and giving the cow as much water as she'll take. As I put the calf in I always throw her some grain so she has something else to think about. If you do you should watch her real close for the first while with a sharp knife to cut the rope. It can get pretty western! I never leave the calf with her the first couple days till she settles down, can easily hurt or kill the calf while fight the rope. Hop ya luck!
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:33 PM   #7
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We had 1st calf heifer a few weeks ago that would not claim calf. We put them away from other cattle, in a very small crowding pen for a day. Then, next day moved them to an ungrazed working pen, away from other cattle for a few days. All's fine now. This cow was not trying to kill her calf, she just would have nothing to do with it, and didn't like it at all.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:58 PM   #8
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Tie a dog where she can see it, this has worked more than not for us in the past. Sounds crazy but it brings out the mother in some of them.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:35 PM   #9
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Default This is great information..

Guess I should have asked this question on here a couple of weeks ago..gave away a perfectly healthy 90# Simmental bull calf cause his mom (her first calf) wouldn't take him..We put her in the chute so he could nurse and gave him some colostrum just to be on the safe side..but there are things on here we didn't try..and sure will next time.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:03 PM   #10
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good luck we had a first calf hefer last year that wouldnt claim her calf we ran it in the buckin chute mornin and night for 21 days straight even bought mother up spray, nothin worked the only way she would let it nurse is if you were standing there with a pitchfork! we gave up and bottle fed it we bucked 9 yearling bulls the other day and that calf was the best one go figure
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