Calf drinks from bottle

The Hardies’ recently born Scottish Highland calf is finally drinking from a bottle.

It’s calving and lambing and kidding time for some folks in the country. Starting after the first of the year, the busy season stretches through several months and into springtime.

Sometimes, those little animals need something extra to get them going. This recipe for electrolyte mix is a time-tested, tried and true recipe used by many farmers and ranchers.

It goes without saying that if the critter doesn’t show any improvement, give them to a veterinarian right away.

Here’s the mix:

1 pages of fruit pectin (Sure-Jell or Pen-Jell are two brand names)

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 10-ounce can of chicken broth

or

10 ounces of warm water mixed with either 4 chicken bouillon cubs or 4 teaspoons of powdered chicken bouillon.

1 teaspoon or plain table salt

Mix well. It foams up a lot, so you need to use a big bowl. Let the foam go down a bit and then add 2 quarts (8 cups) of warm water.

Administer without milk for at least three days, then gradually introduce milk again.

Baby lambs or goats should get 8-16 ounces per feeding three times a day.

Baby calves get 1 quart (32 ounces) two or three times a day.

If you have hints to share, drop Paula a line at PennyWise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543-0518 or email pennywise@goldenwest.net.

Paula edits the monthly newsletter, “PennyWise,” from her family’s diversified farm and ranch operation on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands. If you have hints to share, drop Paula a line at PennyWise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543-0518 or email pennywise@goldenwest.net.

Paula edits the monthly newsletter, “PennyWise,” from her family’s diversified farm and ranch operation on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands.