Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things are looking up

Bonnie, of course, was unhappy at having her baby taken away from her overnight, so she did a lot of vocalizing.
Back when I was raising fifty or so "bobby" calves a year, the procedure with a scouring calf was to keep it off milk for at least twenty-four hours, giving it only the electrolyte solution during that time.  However, I needed help with the milking!
I knew it was a good sign when I found him bawling for his mom; he was feeling better.  I gave him a pill and watched him for a few minutes; I soon got the evidence I needed to show that his diarrhea was gone.
I put him on the off side of the cow, and he nursed on that side while I milked on the other.  Once we were finished I turned him out with Bonnie, but I will be keeping a close eye on him and giving him another pill tonight and one tomorrow morning.  
I made a video of him trotting and cavorting a little, not acting sick at all.  At one point you'll see his mom kick up her heels a little.


 

6 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So glad to hear the good news that the calf is better. Sure hope it stays that way. I loved the video

Anonymous said...

Donna, loved the video, glad baby is better. Karen

Barbara said...

He's very precious! We raised an orphaned calf once. Went through the scours with the formula.

small farm girl said...

Watching a baby calf play in one of my favorite things to do in this world.

NERVES05 said...

AWW HE IS JUST TO DARN CUTE. I'M GLAD HE'S DOING BETTER
HE'S SUCH PRETTY LITTLE CALF.

Lori said...

Glad the little fellow is doing better. Love the video!