Things haven't been quite as straight forward with First Edition (Eddie) as we might have hoped. He is the third cria for Morden Hall Honaria, who has always been a very good mother with an ample milk supply. Every year she bags up early (3 - 4 weeks before birthing) but this year she had been bursting with milk for at least 6 weeks before she gave birth. After birthing we removed the waxy plugs from the teats and found the colostrum to be so thick in the back 2 quarters, that she was very difficult to milk. To shorten a long story; As Eddie wasn't taking the colostrum from mum despite being on the teat, he was given cows colostrum to ensure that he received the required antibodies in time.
It would appear that Honaria had been starting with mastitis. We have bathed her udder each morning with warm cloths and milked out the thick milk, in the meantime supplementing Eddie with goats milk. Eddie is now gaining weight, and he took his bottle with less gusto this morning, so it looks like we are getting there.