Help with a cow that has a decreased milk supply
The cow is a first calf heifer, she lost her calf, in a snowstorm, then a few days later one of our older cows laid down and died on us leaving behind a very small calf with no mother. The heifer is excepting the new little calf, but the heifer has very little milk. I milked her out, and after 20 minutes of milking I barely got a pint. So were supplement the little calf with milk replacer, after we let her nurse the cow. The little calf is getting about 3 pints of replacement milk 3 times a day, along with whatever she's getting from the heifer. But the heifer is really mothering the calf, and wants the calf, but just doesn't have the milk supply to have the calf.
So that leaves me with the question of if there is anything that I can give the heifer to make her produce more milk I know that there is a drug that will make them produce more milk but I'd like to see if we could go more natural.
Then we have another cow, she's a older cow, she calved and somehow she decided that another calf was her baby and so far is not claiming her own calf. We're positive that the calf we are giving her is hers, and not the one she thought is hers. The one is thought was hers is already tagged and it's mother is pretty attached to it. Anyways, we've tried to just put her in a stall with her calf, and she tried killing it by head butting it against the stall door, so we put some calf replacement powder on it the calf's back and then put it on the cows nose, so the same scent would be in the cows nose that is of her calf. She tolerates the calf to nurse, if someone corners the cow in her stall, and push the calf up to nurse, the calf is terrified of it's mother since she's kicked and head butted him so many times. He's also getting milk replacer supplement 3 times a day, after we force him to nurse his mother. We're at a loss of what to do with them. We tag all of our calves so we are 100% sure that this is her calf, and we check them every two hours, and we seen that she was calving and left her to calve on her own, then when we went back we had two cows fight over the same calf, and her newborn was staggering around trying to figure out just where his momma was. The other calf cord was already dried and hard, and this other calf had a very wet and new cord, and she's the only cow that calved that morning. We keep all our heavies in one pasture, and once they are tagged, they are put in another pasture. This isn't a new momma, it's like her 10th calf, and she raises awesome calves that have a great rate of gain, so we've been milking her out and then feeding the calf her milk. But it's stressing the cow out, she hates being in the barn, she hates going into the calving chute to milk her, as much as she hates her own calf. That and it's dangerous for the person trying to get her into the chute area, she head butts the gate and kicks at it and us, and then we are milking her she tries to kick at us. After fighting with her for three weeks I'm about ready to throw the towel in and just bottle feed the calf, but the calf would do so much better on his mother's milk.