Colostrum feeding

Published 23 February 15

Proper care of newborn calves is critical for their long term health and survival. Ideally the calf should suckle sufficient quantities of colostrum. If a calf is unable to suckle a bottle, or consume the full amount of colostrum, then a stomach tube should be used.

This is a skilled technique which requires training to ensure the correct placement of the tube.

This technique can also be used to give electrolyte fluid to dehydrated calves and older animals.