One of my favorite cows has a large bag with big tits last year, but raised a bull calf. This year I had to take a heifer away from her as it appeared to be starving. I had been keeping an eye on her, and one quarter was usually WAY down, so figured the calf was sucking that one. Now realize that quarter had dried up as there was no change when I pulled the calf away. Brought calf up to barn at about a week old. Simply refused to be bottle fed. May take a couple of swallows and then quits. If I keep the bottle there she will swallow what leaks down into her throat with great reluctance. Thus, am having to still tube after about a week. She is getting a bit better as she is getting hard to catch. What to do with calf? My guess is it didn't receive colustrum. Just doesn't seem to have much of a will to live. My past experience has been if you can't get a calf on a bottle after a couple of days, there is little long-term hope. Front half looks OK, very spindley in the rear. One option is to take cow/calf to the sales barn. Likely they would send the cow to the slaughter pen and sell the calf separately. However, that would be just passing the problem on to someone else. I don't know how much longer I can force feed it. After a week the cow may not claim it and, even if she did, calf likely wouldn't be an agressive sucker, which would be needed for the cow. Even though the calf is much stronger now I simply doubt she would take to the cow. Today I'll put out a pail of water and some calf grower to see if she eat any of it. I have not seen her have any interest in any of the good hay available. Since she is either likely to die, or be a lifetime poor doer, just put her back with the cow and see what happens. Worse can happen is it starves with momma.