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Can bottle-fed calves drink store bought milk?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by kryptoniteqhs, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    I just got a 2 and a half week old Jersey bull calf. I was dumb and didnt go and get the milk replacer early in the day like I was supposed to so when I got back from picking him up, TSC was obviously closed. He was so hungry, I went to the store and got some "organic, pasturized" milk. [​IMG] It was the only once with out a bunch of additives...the only thing added was vitamin D. I, of course, grabbed the whole milk. I dont see how this could hurt him seeing as it did come from a cow, which he is. Although, I cant stop thinking about how I may have harmed him and feel really guilty. [​IMG] Ill get the good stuff tomorrow (hoping theyre open), but I didnt hurt him any did I? [​IMG]
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    He will be fine just get milk replacer tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
  3. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    NO - it isn't good for them. They take all the good stuff out when they process it. Do you have any powdered milk - that would be better than the cold store bought milk.
     
  4. Madfarmer

    Madfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Homogonized Vit D milk is perfectly fine. I don't do calves, but I have goats. Most of the people who use replacer to attempt to raise kids end up killing them or making them very sick. Thousands of goat kids are raised every year on Vit. D cows milk. Look around & see if you can find a mom&pop store that will cut you a deal on expired or soon-to-expire milk.

    Madfarmer
     
  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Out Of The Brooder

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    What I always did when using the milk replacer was to mix it a little weak, Didn't seem to give them the scours as often. Good luck.
     
  6. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    Ok....I heated it up.....from the quick change of milk....he wont get scours will he? He seems fine and loves it.....so much that he broke the nipple off and got it all over his face ..... [​IMG] [​IMG] ... if you were there...you would laugh too.....hes all cleaned up now tho....
     
  7. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    You might also want to give him a raw egg. Just crack it and let it slide down his throat. We always do this with weak or auction calves. Helps give them an added boost. [​IMG]
     
  8. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    Quote:wont hurt him at all? he doesnt seem weak by any means....
     
  9. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    Nope - this is an old secret that old timers use - it is a protein source.
     
  10. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    Quote:ok...so even if hes 110% fine and healthy this can ONLY benefit him? Ive heard about it, but I thought it was only used for scours and such.
     

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