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Message Title: grain for the bottlebaby
Author: Sue Whittlesey  Posted: 06\13\2001 13:25
Location: CO
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My vet has told me that generally animals like elk need to learn to digest grass and hay before they can develop the bacterial in their ruman(stomach) to digest grains. So I would wait a month or two before introducing grains...and do it after the calf starts to graze.
I think it is too early also to introduce water. I believe there are other discussions this month and last month that cover this. They really only need mother's milk or a replacer for the first month.
I have only had the pleasure of having to raising one calf on a bottle and it was a few years ago. So I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert. I await Antler333 to give my reply his blessing or curse.