Although the calf lost its mother 5 days ago he appears in a active healthy condition, and, after overcoming the initial anxiety of close human contact combined with the bottle feeding trauma, now appears a little more calm. Not having encountered this situation previously, I am concerned about dealing with the problem appropriately. The bottle feeding exercise has improved from almost force feeding to something more relaxed, with a cooperative calf, but still characterised largely by squirting milk into a calf reluctant to have it. He certainly doesnât make an effort to suck. After this evening's attempt I supplied some juicy grass which he immediately munched on. I have an instinct that he really is faring well with a serious interest in grass, also, that he is not enthusiastic about the rich milk replacement. I wonder just how essential the milk replacement is, and, until what age, also, if I should immediately introduce cereals which he may find more palatable. My intention is to keep him in his holding pen surrounded by the remainder of the herd until he is tame and enthusiastic about contact. The other animals come to me when I call or when I am within their field of vision. When he feels as secure I reason that he will come freely and I can bottle feed if this is required. This strategy is evolving 'on the hoof' so to speak so that I would welcome more experienced views. Thank-tyou ! Marcus.