We had a cow to have trouble calving Monday. Checked the cow earlier in the day and all was well, didn't make it back as soon as we wanted as we got to doing other stuff. When checked again, she had the calf out and it was in bad shape. She was down in her back [cow]. DH got the calf to the house and we finally got milk down it and got it warmed. Got it to walking some. You could tell its back was hurt some too. It was a huge calf. DH finally managed to get the cow to the barn by using a lift on her. By that time the calf had given up and it died this evening. May have had more wrong with it than met the eye. The cow is still able to drink and eat, but can not get up. Any ideas? DH is wanting to make something to hold her up so her back can heal. We had one that done something like this a few yrs back and she finally got up after about a month of hand feeding. Then we had one similiar that we took to the vet and he gave her a shot of something and she just swelled up and died. We know her injury is from having too big of a calf. What has others done in this situation? Also those of you that start out new born calves on bottles. How do you get them started to drinking?