Sorry I was trying to get a pic loaded and the computer froze up on me.
No she didn't lick it. We did not see it born. I heard mooing on the monitor so I checked the video feed and saw him there. She had done nothing. We placed the calf in front of her and she sorta licked him but with no real effort. We ended up after about 90 minutes decided to bring it in the house to dry it off completely and warm it. It was shivering pretty bad.
We were able to dry and warm it and we looked to see if it was a boy or girl. We have a boy!! He is adorable!!! We got him to stand in the house so we brought him back out. He was able to get up and down on his own and he tried to suckle her but she wouldn't let him. She kicks at it when he tries. After hours of trying to get him on her we decided to get the powder colostrum from the store.
She pays no attention to him at all. When she was lying down we managed to get him on to nurse some. She does kick still but I think she is too tired to actually get up and move. We have managed to get him to feed this way 3 times.
They have decided to build a stanchion to force her to stand still and we will try to get him to suckle her this way in the normal standing position. We are hoping to get his strength up and her to accept him nursing. They are building it now. We have a heat lamp over him. She literally does nothing with it. He looks like he gave up and is an orphan. He really doesn't try to connect with her any more.
So a roller coaster of emotions. Hooray baby is here safe and sound. But now the battle to keep him has begun.
So happy and sad at the same time, bet it's heartbreaking to see. Good luck, you're in my thoughts and prayers.