Sometimes, a calf will refuse to eat from a pail, even after it has been “bucket broken.” This lack of desire may have to do with a disinfectant smell. A calf’s sense of smell is much greater than a human’s, points out Jeff Harman, of DBC Agricultural Products in Lancaster County, Pa. So, after washing a pail, rinse it thoroughly. The buckets should be dry — either toweled dry or, in some cases, run through a dish washer with a dry feature, he says. “Finally, the calf-care person should smell the buckets,” he adds. “If the smell is strong for them, another water rinse won’t hurt.”