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How to tube feed newborn calves (esophageal feeding)

Aug 18, 2023

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Video: How to tube feed newborn calves (esophageal feeding)

Esophageal feeding (tube feeding) gives sick and struggling calves a chance when they are at their most vulnerable. Particularly, to provide essential colostrum to young calves unable to nurse and to treat dehydration in sick calves. This video goes over the steps of esophageal feeding calves to not only save lives but also improve the overall health of your herd.

If a calf requires an esophageal feed, allow the calf to swallow the tube, never force it down, allow the liquid to flow slowly, and always have two separate tubes for feeding sick and healthy calves. This video also covers important tips and implications to consider while tube feeding such as the "two-tube rule" and ways to prevent aspiration.