Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Natalie Having a Calf Part 3

This is part 3 - If you didn't see the first two watch those first!

This is a good mama cow in that she's licking her calf off after it's been born. Isaac said both mama and calf are doing fine. Right away we give new mama cows a five gallon bucket of warm water to help the placenta clean out better. We milk the cow within the first six hours if possible and then give the colostrum to the baby calf. The sooner the better. If it's a really fiesty calf it learns how to drink out of a bucket right away but they usually start out with a large "baby bottle" made for calves. I feel sorry for those that think cows evolved over millions of years. A cow having a calf is truly a miracle that only God could perform.

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