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Message Title: Oxytocin for Momma
Author: Patsy  Posted: 06\21\2001 14:11
Location: Colorado
We also put a big mouthful of the sack in momma's mouth. I agree with Nancy. The camera absolutely saved me from bottle raising the calf. It seems that if the calf is healthy enough to go after the mother and she is not aggressive, the sucking stimulates that natural instinct to "mother-up". The only way to really know is with the camera since the cow is so obsessed with any other presence in the barn.
Our camera was only 100$, but it needs to be set up with a TV and VCR. We tape the first 4 hours, then fast forward through to see what happened. Good luck! This year we pulled 4 or 5 and had 100%.