Stimulating Respiration.

Stimulating Respiration.
The cow generally licks the calf. Cutaneous stimulation by the rough tongue stimulates respiration. This effect can be imitated by rubbing the skin of the calf with a handful of straw. Dumping a pail of cold water on the head of the calf will elicit a gasping reflex which will aid in starting regular respirations.

Utrecht (1976)