Cleft palate calf

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Post by George » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:09 am

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My family says I spend way more time with the cows and dogs than they deserve - - - It is a great time to get your ( my ) head stright.

This is a mini sermon I gave to a small group years ago.

Many of the cows spoken about here are no longer here but the ones here still have many different attitudes about me.

The touch of the Master

I must start at the first meeting I had with these cattle. I had not had cattle on the farm for about 20 years but now had time and wanted a small herd.

I purchased 15 registered Charolis cows that ranged from first calf heifers to 13-year-old moms. These cattle had been housed at a remote location and looked at humans as predators to be eliminated.

These were so wild that the man I got them from could only bring three the first load and that so unnerved the rest it was about 3 weeks before he was able to catch two more.

I like my cattle gentle so I purchased some sweet feed ( contains molasses) and would put some over the fence and get to safety before they could get to me. It took about a week before they would come to me instead of after me. However I still could not get them to come up onto the concrete floor that leads to the barn.

When the next two got here they followed the lead of the three that had been here a couple of weeks and soon I was able to get them on the concrete but still not in the barn. As more cattle got here I continued to gentle them and by the time all 15 were here I was able to even touch a couple - - - what a dramatic difference!

These cattle have been here about three years now and it is remarkable to me how each of them reacts to me.

When I go out to check on the herd they have all come to recognize me and all will come whenever I appear. Cow K10 is the friendliest of the group and always wants her ears scratched, K02 is the most standoffish, the bull always has to tell me he is the boss and will try to keep the cows from coming to me. He cannot keep them from me as they are to many and even K02 knows that if I show up something good is going to happen - - - I might have some sweet feed, open a gate to fresh pasture, put out fresh mineral or something else but it will be good.

Now as they have all accepted me as “The Master” it is very interesting as to how each reacts - - - K10 would be quite content with just a touch on the head, K02 will stand back and just wants to see what treat is available and the bull still tries to intimidate me!

This brings Christians to my mind - - - how will we each react to the coming of the master? Will we be like K10 just content to know the master is here or will we be like K08 content to be petted but wants the treat first or like K02 wanting nothing to do with the master but wanting the reward that comes with being in his presence?

When you look at mother and calf pairs the calves do not always mimic the mom. K10 is the friendliest but her calf K610 is very wary. K11 stays back about 10 feet but K611 follows me wanting to be petted. K02 never approaches me but K602 is almost as friendly as K611.

All have been handled with care and affection but have totally different attitudes with me.

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Post by Soapweed » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:13 am

Katrina, burnt, and George, thanks to all of you for your profound observations. Lemons can turn into lemonade when you add a little sugar. Have a great day. :-)

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Re: Cleft palate calf

Post by thewellnessprepper » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:56 am

Good morning, I've got a calf that is now 6 days old. She has been thru the ringer in her short life. I've had her at the vet twice so far, and I discovered late last night that one of the reasons for all her problems is that she's got a cleft palate (the vets missed this). I've seen this thread, and although it's years old, I'm hoping that some of you are still around. The mama is willing to stand (she is a Jersey), but I cannot get the baby to nurse for the life of me. She is interested, and knows what to do, but grows discouraged and gives up. I have been tube feeding her for 2 days now (that's how I discovered the cleft palate), but would love to transition to the bottle if possible. My question is this....if she has a hard time suckling a teat, won't she also have a hard time with the bottle? Thanks for all your help! ~ liz

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Re: Cleft palate calf

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:39 am

From reading the first page of this thread the calf probably would have a bit of a hard time with a bottle but patience is needed and possibly could be rewarded with a marketable calf.
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Re: Cleft palate calf

Post by Faster horses » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:28 pm

Good thread to re-read for many reasons. Glad it was brought up again.
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Re: Cleft palate calf

Post by burnt » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:44 pm

How about that - I'd forgotten about that calf and my wife couldn't recall it either. I do remember sitting there listening to the birds though. Talk about a trip down memory lane! We never had so many poorly twins and never want to again.
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