I hope you have all had a good week attending your pet calf.
I have to admit I haven't done much with Midnight this week as I have been sick. But she has still had lots of cuddles from me and my parents. I have got her with her cover on all the time now to help get the loose hair out of her and to keep her warm in the nasty weather we have had. She has got lots of shelter and fresh hay and meal to eat. Midnight is on ad lib feeding (can drink milk whenever she is thirsty), has as much meal and hay as she can eat as well. In Midnight's milk she has got Queen of Calves as well which is a powder that is mixed with water and added to her milk so it helps her rumen develop faster. When Queen of Calves is fed to animals they need lots of hay to eat as well.
Midnight has been dehorned this week so that by the time calf day is here the scabs where her horns used to be will be all healed and looking good for the day.
You need to keep an eye on your calf from now on to make sure that it doesn't get lice. The best place to keep an eye out for lice is down the neck to under the front legs. If your calf has lice it will need to be treated. Go to your local vet and get some special medicine. The best is an injectable lice treatment. Keep an eye out for scours. If the calf gets this then it will need water too as they will get very dehydrated.
My tip for this week is how to pick a calf for pet day.
* Make sure the calf looks healthy. (Bright eyes, ears up)
* Good leg structure
* Sturdy looking animal
* Make sure the animal is the right size for you. Don't pick a huge calf when you are only a little person, or a tiny calf and you are really tall.
* Pick a calf that wants to be your friend and you want to be its friend.
Look out for my next column next week.
Hi I hope you enjoyed reading our first entry. Lily is doing really well. She is starting to drink from her cafeteria and is waiting to be fed each morning and evening looking over the pen as we carry the bucket of milk. Lily is having 2 litres of colostrum morning and night.
Next week we will start mixing calf milk powder and colostrum so Lily doesn't get calf scours from the milk being too strong. Lily loves being let out in the evenings so that she can use up all her energy running and jumping and frolicking around like little calves should.
When the day is wet Lily stays in her pen lying down on her lovely bed of hay (she knew where bed was as soon as she got here) and when it's fine she gets tied up by the trampoline. This is so she gets used to people walking around her and so she learns not to pull against the lead we I start to teach her how to lead.
Catch up next week