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Dr-Bonk, Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
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Experience:  Five years as a veterinarian performing farm calls for livestock, including herd health checks, vaccinations, and pregnancy testing. Also operate a small cow/calf operation.
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New calf born Saturday, cow does not have enough milk. This

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New calf born Saturday, cow does not have enough milk. This cow had calves three years ago and had three calves on her before we could get them separated.
How can I stimulate lactation? Or do I need to feed a supplement.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr-Bonk replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Bonk. I'm sorry to hear about your calf troubles! There are a few things you can try. Oxytocin can be given to stimulate milk let-down. Oxytocin is a natural hormone that stimulates smooth muscle contraction. Sometimes cows need a little extra to let down milk. Some dairy cows have to receive an oxytocin injection prior to every milking.

Another option to try is feeding a grain supplement. More calories and protein helps to produce more milk. If you do this, be sure to start with a small amount and gradually work up to large amounts to avoid burning out the rumen. Also make sure there is plenty of fresh water available.

While you are trying this, you may need to supplement the calf just to keep him going. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Thank you and good luck!

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