The right to feed your calf

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Most farmers do not feed their calves in the right way. The most common practice farmers prefer is the use of the bucket. This method has its shortcomings because some of the milk goes through the nose and into the lungs where it can easily cause diseases such as calf pneumonia. The milk can also end up in the first stomach (also called rumen). While feeding, the milk should go directly into the second stomach (also called the abomasum); for the milk to flow into the second stomach where it can be digested properly, the bucket should be well placed as shown in the sketch. Farmers can put milk into a bucket and insert a flexible hosepipe with one end attached to a nipple and train the calf to feed using the nipple. Calf Nipples are available in some agrovet shops.

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