This little calf was born the last week of February. At first, we thought he was blind, but later learned it was just an infection in his eye. Along with not being able to see, he also refused to drink. We brought him and his mama in to try and help him learn to drink.
When he refused to do it on his own, Matt milked his mama.
Then Grandma and Nate tried to get the calf to swallow, but he would have none of it.
As a last resort, they attached a tube to the bottle and inserted it directly into the calf’s stomach. It’s much better if the calf will learn how to swallow and suck on his own, but he’ll die without the colostrum and milk from his mama so we had to get it in him. About three of four days later, he was drinking from his mama.