Calves positioned into a corner do not require a strong head lock therefore are more relaxed.
A low head position e.g. held at the knees, is dangerous as the liquid cannot flow down to the stomach. The fluid will flow back toward the airway entrance and flow into the airway.
When inserting the tube a comfortable position is best for the calf. Do not force the nose up as this makes it more difficult for the calf to swallow and risks damaging the delicate throat area.
Simplify the process by placing the bottle on the ground or a nearby ledge rather than holding all in one hand.
Resistance most likely means you have encountered the airway entrance as the structures protrude out into the throat area. Do not push through, use gentle hands and realign so the tube passes smoothly into the oesophagus.
Use your judgement as to which position is most safe for your calf. A sitting calf must be sitting up and not lying flat. Standing allows easier handling for more energetic calves.
Another safe position is to sit the calf on its rear, similar to tipping a sheep to trim its hooves.
You can double check tube location by looking for tube movement in the oesophagus in the left jugular groove.
Hold the calf securely but not with so much force the calf is stressed. The hand holding the mouthpiece should also hold the calf, this way if the calf moves, your hand and the tube will move with it and not be misplaced. Maintain some slack in the tube to avoid the tube being pulled out of position.
The finger hook extension on the black sleeve allows you to secure the tube in position rather than watch the tube throughout feeding.
Do not remove the tube too quickly. Remove gently after all liquid has passed down.
Easy mistake! Clip on the handle end, not the mouth end, to keep your tuber handy and hygienic.
As the wise guy says; measure twice cut once. Note: when feeding it is a good idea to maintain a curve in the tube, this provides leeway for any calf movement to avoid pulling the tube out of position.
Another feature of the Trusti and Flexi Tubers is the ability to relieve rumen bloat by passing the tube all the way to the rumen.
Head high for tube feeding, head low for teat feeding.
Adult Sheep, Goats, Alpaca – all can be treated with your Trusti or Flexi tuber!