Our Predominately Highland - (1/4 jersey and Possibly 3/16 dexter - depending who fathered her) heifer gave birth to her first calf in the open feild on a winter night. The father is full-blood dexter, and the calf is about 15kg, which is normal for dexter.
IT was born at 4pm, and took a few hours to get up. By late night it was following the mother, but not feeding. It nuzzled the bull, and me, but gave no sign of nuzzling the mother - who would shy away when it go close to her back-end. It was shivering, so I made it a temporary coat with bubble wrap and tape.
4:00am still no sign of feeding. At 5:30am, my mother came and helped me run it into a pen, and put the calf with it. Still no feeding, so I tried to milk it.
I have milked cows before - including her grandmother - but never a highlander. I had to cut the long hair to even find the teats, and when I did, they were tiny - worse than a goat. The bags also seems very small and WAY back under her back legs. I got about 100ml of colostrum by hand milking and feed it with a syringe. She seemed not to have much more - or maybe she was just holding it up.
The calf can still stand and walk, and strongly resist hand-feeding. It tries to nuzzle, but I am wondering if there is actually enough teat for it to even latch on.
It is Saturday morning in New Zealand, and farm stores will be open from 9am-noon, and then shut till Monday.
Unless someone can advise me better in the next couple of hours, my plan is to see what milk there is by mid-morning, and then get a packet of cololstrum replacer, and give it that, and then top it up goats milk if mum is still not producing much.
I did have colostrum in the freezer for a few years, and then discarded it, and did not think to get some off the goats that kidded a couple of weeks ago.