Calf in the Goat Pen Moo moo!
All right, first things first. I got my calf about a month ago. His name is Selh'teus. He is an Angus/Limousin cross, a blackish brown color and quite big for his age. Selh'teus is beautiful!
The first two weeks….
When I first got Selh'teus, the farmer had just taken him off his mother. We tried bucket feeding him, but that didn't work. He didn't accept the Chaffhaye as food at first. When we finally decided to buy him a bottle it really solved things. We gave him goat milk. Bottle-feeding him was fun, but I really had to hold on!
It's no surprise that, on top of all that and moving stress, he got diarrhea.
Diarrhea, if it turns to scours, can be deadly in calves. According to Your Calf: A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing, “Scours is the most common disease of young calves, and causes the most deaths.” There are several causes of scours, the most common being dirty bedding and bad milk replacer. Well, I knew that his bedding was clean and that the milk was just fine. It did not occur to me that it might be from stress. Here's the electrolyte recipe I used:
Makes 1/2 gallon
1/2 gallon warm water
4 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Dandelion roots and greens
Boil water in a tea kettle. Add dandelion greens and roots to water in a half-gallon mason jar. Let steep. Add salt, baking soda, and molasses. Stir well. Let cool until the temperature is between 90?F and 100?F.
He is perfectly fine now and can't seem to get enough Chaffhaye.
A quick story….
It was the day after I'd gotten Selh'teus, and Daddy decided to put him out in the pen. We got him into the pen with the goats, and I was guarding the gate. I got distracted, and out that calf came. Well, you probably know that we live next to 600 something acres of state land. Guess where Selh'teus went. That's right. The 600 something acres of state land.
We spent maybe about an hour chasing him through the woods and keeping him from heading for the highway. At one point, I thought I was stalking him, but it was a dumb old deer!! We weren't sure where he was now, and quite tired. So we headed for the house. And there he was, over by the hot tub. We finally managed to get him into the barn.
The Young Entrepreneur's Grant….
I won a grant for $150 dollars from Traverse City State Bank. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to them.
It's only a month from the Northwest Michigan Fair, and am I nervous!
Well, I've gotta go now! Oh,and by the way, Live long and prosper! 😉