Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Poor Little Thing

J has been keeping a close check on a little heifer calf that hasn't really been getting enough milk.  The cow just doesn't seem to be giving much.  He tried to give her a bottle last week but she would have none of that.  With this cold snap, 11 degrees overnight and only in the 20's during the day, he decided to just take the calf off the cow and put her in the barn.  Low and behold, she decided the bottle wasn't such a bad thing after all.  
 The other problem the poor thing had was that she would nurse the cow from behind instead of from the side.  Needless to say, the back end of a cow is a messy spot to stand.  It's a little hard to tell but her neck and back are covered with dried manure.
 So this morning, with curry comb in hand, I went to go pretty her up.
 It took quite a bit of grooming but she finally came clean.
That's just got to feel better.
And this evening she was even perkier and ready for her bottle.


Nadine said...

Im glad that she took to the bottle! She is a cutie!

Alica said...

She's gonna become a pet! :)

CDH said...

What a sweetie....we had 2 first calf heifers that had not milk and didn't take care of their calves....to town they go...
Good luck with the baby...hopefully mama will get jealous and start to let down more milk!

fernvalley01 said...

Glad she took to the bottle , some seem to fight it with their last breath and others, get the hint right away !

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