Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help, and that can mean feeding newborn calves. To make the task of esophageal feeding of newborns easier, and to ensure the calves receive the recommended two to four quarts of colostrum, Dave Wieland developed a feeder for use on his Sheperd, Mont., ranch. He purchased a 4-quart plastic container with a lid. In the bottom front, he drilled a hole and inserted a ¼-inch x 18-inch nylon fitting (may be straight or elbow) to connect the feeding tube from an esophageal feeder. Mixing and cleaning are easy, and this feeder can also be used for feeding electrolytes.