Once in a while, a first-calf heifer may need assistance in jump-starting her mothering instincts.

Once in a while, a first-calf heifer may need assistance in jump-starting her mothering instincts.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

A first-calf heifer may act confused or indifferent toward her newborn calf. She may continue to lie there and not get up to lick the calf. When she finally does, she may seem surprised to see this strange new wiggling creature. The heifer may walk away, ignoring it, or she may kick the calf when it gets up and staggers toward her. Some heifers attack the calf if it tries to get up.

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