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Week old calf dropped on my door step. Help?

 
Kathryn Gagne
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Ok so he wasn't exactly dropped. The farmer who brought my Tamworth her new boyfriend tonight also had with him a week old beef calf. My husband was handling the transaction because I do not speak french yet lol. Anyhoo, before I knew it I was holding our 18 month old son in one hand and a rope attached to a calf in the other! Granted we don't even have a shed built yet but this is beside the point as he is resting comfortably on our side porch (the calf not the baby).  I didn't have milk to give him tonight but I did have powdered baby formula. I mixed 3 liters with 2 eggs beaten in and he gratefully guzzled it down out of a bucket from between my knees while sucking on my fingers. Will the formula hurt him? Does it have too much sugar? I also gave him a full bucket a water in his "pen". What should we get him in the morning? I read a little about concentrate. I am currently on the look out for scours. We are newbies trying to do our best. We will get a weigh in on him in the morning. He looks awful skinny to me. I only have had experience with dairy cows. Please help. Thanks so much.
 
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If you have experience with bottle feeding a dairy calf, you probably have all the knowledge needed for this beef calf.

you will need to get the proper formula, bottle(s) and nipples. The calf should have gotten his colostrum in the first few feedings.
If you don't know and can't find out about if it was feeding from the mother then it would not hurt to get a colostrum formula and feed it for a week.
Just like Dairy calves, this one will need feedings every few hours and plenty of fresh water available.

 
Andy Moffatt
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Calves can only absorb the goodies in colostrum for the first 24hrs after they're born, if it's looking good just stick with plain milk replacer.
 
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