So, I raised Irish Dexter cattle years ago, and all my calves were messed with daily, so taming and training them really was no big issue.
HOWEVER...Today I was given a 2 1/2 month old Angus bull calf who lost his mother last week. He was previously not handled, so he is totally not cool with human contact at all. He's eating and drinking well on his own, thankfully, which was a huge concern when I took him in. I really didn't want to stress him out more by trying to bottle feed him. Poor baby.
SOOO... this is my quandary. HOW do I gentle this little guy? Currently he's in my stock trailer until the ground hardens up again and we can back him down to the barn to put him in the stall.
For today, I just gave him some feed, water, and hay and am leaving him to settle in and adjust to what has just happened to him. I think me pushing my presence on him any more than that right now will only stress him out more.
Does ANYONE have any suggestions on what I can do from here to help this boy settle in and begin to accept my presence?