I got a call today from the man whose cows my DH feeds. He has been in town for a week and finally went down to check out his cows. 3 weeks ago a calf was born that we could not match up with a mother. It always came up with the other cows, but was never by one certain cow, making us believe it was her mother. This man thought the calf was abandoned by its mother because he thought it looked weak and small. I told him how I had seen that calf sucking on two different cows. He asked if we wanted it, since we would have to bottle feed it. Stupid question. I jumped at the offer of a free calf. So DH went to town to buy powder milk replacement before we went to work the cows tonight. We weren't able to catch the cow right then, but went back after dark and was able to shine a light into her eyes and DH grabbed it. So now we have this little calf in with our big calf. We tried feeding it some milk out of the bucket with the nipple attached. It didn't want anything to do with it. As fast as this little girl ran, she didn't look weak to us. She had obviously been eating well. What I really need to know is how long will we have to feed this calf the milk replacement? The directions said that you could start weaning at 28 days. We both thought that was too young. What do you think?