Rules for Using a Tube Feeder
The December 11 issue of Progressive Dairyman contains this note about tube feeders [slightly edited to put into bullet format]:
Dr. Sheila McGuirk, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine makes these suggestions:
- Don't use the esophageal feeder if a calf cannot maintain a sitting position or its abdomen is already full.
- Don't use it to force a calf to drink milk or milk replacer unless you and your veterinarian agree that it is appropriate for an individual calf.
- It is appropriate to use it to administer colostrum or electrolyte to a scouring calf.
- Have enough tube feeders so that they can be cleaned and sanitized before reuse.
- Have separate tube feeders for colostrum feeding and sick calf electrolyte feeding. [emphasis added]
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