Often, what is old is new again when conditions demand. Such is the case with using the bathtub to rewarm severely cold-stressed calves.
In fact, the old trick says a warm water bath is the most successful way to revive newborn calves. Scientific data concurs: immersion of hypothermic calves in warm (100 degrees F) water, regained normal body temperature most rapidly and with minimal metabolic effort, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
"Obviously not every calf born in cold weather needs the warm water bath. However, this is apparently a method that can save a few severely stressed calves that would not survive if more conventional re-warming methods are used,” says Oklahoma State animal scientist emeritus Glenn Selk. “With 2019 input costs, saving every calf is important to the bottom line."
But remember, to keep peace and harmony in the house, be sure to clean up after yourself.
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