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When my calf was born he didn't attach to mother. We

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When my calf was born he didn't attach to mother. We milked mother up until 2 days ago. Am now just feeding calf formula. Mum still comes and licks baby but from what I can see doesn't attach to utter. Will cow just dry up on her own? Or do I need to worry
about mastitis and give her something to help her dry up?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

In regards ***** ***** if the calf fails to suck and induce milk let down, then mum will dry up on her own. We can use prescription treatments like Cabergoline to speed up the process and decrease the risk of any mastitis, but often a lack of hormonal stimulation secondary to the calf nursing or us milking will be enough.

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Dr. B.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Emma,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Friday. How is everything going?
Dr. B.