As Dr. Scott and Dr. Jackie say, getting enough “groceries” in a cria is critical, especially in the first few days. Once a cria’s weight and overall health begins to wane, it is difficult and costly to get them back up to speed. Below is an important “grocery list” of things to remember:
- Make sure that the cria is actually getting milk from mom. Kneel down and listen for suckling sounds and look for milk on the cria’s lips. Cria can go through the motions of nursing but not actually get milk.
- A cria that is successfully nursing should be doing so about every 45 minutes. If a cria is going under mom more often, she may not be getting enough milk each time.
- Sometimes there can be a waxy build up blocking a teat. Gently remove it with a gloved thumbnail.
- Cria need to be weighed every day for the first 10 days. Weight loss of more than 0.5 pounds should be dealt with immediately.
- Have colostrum on hand for backup groceries. Remember, colostrum should be unthawed in warm water; never in the microwave. Colostrum may be kept in the freezer for up to one year.
- Cria can be introduced to lactating grain as early as 2 weeks of age. You will improve your odds of having a thriving cria exponentially by providing them with the additional vitamin and minerals found in our grain.
Cria season can be stressful from some. Please call the office if you have any questions. Remember to call with the vital statistics so that we can better assist you.
Lactating – Show Ring grain is in!
May all of your cria be healthy girls!