I am very concerned about Calliope, a two and a half month old heifer calf. She doesn't look good at all and dad thinks she might not make it. We have an extremely low mortality rate with calves that hit the ground alive. I think the last one we lost was an hour old heifer twin to a bull who wasn't formed properly(lost her two yars ago). We almost never lose calves....We don't generally check gender til after they have received their colostrum, though we can tell just by body shape and weight what they are, so bull calves are as well cared for as heifers. The thing is she was out with her mother, Penelope, for five days and the first day we brought Penelope in and milked her three "good" quarters...well they were horrible. The next day was better but Calliope looks like she never got any good colostrum. It is so frustrating! I stalked that cow three days in a row and she never showed me where she hid the calf. So we weren't able to garantee she got that vital colostrum (we aim to do so with most of the calves, even if all we do is milk the cow in the field, bottle feed the calf and leave it for a day or so). I feel so helpless because there isn't much we can do for her. :waa: Sorry, just venting I suppose.