Displaying items by tag: COLOSTRUM
A Cambridge company has unveiled another innovation that helps farmers set calves up for a lifetime of good health, fertility and production.
Mastitis is the most common disease of dairy cattle and is a significant cause of losses on the dairy farm, explains Dr Sean Daly, vet and technical adviser at MSD Animal Health.
A new-born calf’s immune system is immature, so calves rely on antibodies in colostrum for protection while their own immune system matures.
Handheld digital or optical Brix refractometers offer a low cost, practical way to assess colostrum quality onfarm, and can help encourage famers to seek advice if colostrum is inadequate.
Get your colostrum feeding right and you'll go a long way towards raising healthy replacement calves.
It's a long way to Methven, particularly if you come from Devon in the UK or Wairarapa, as have Andrew Furzeland and Rebecca Langley.
This month we focus on the timing and methods of feeding of colostrum and how this affects the absorption of vital antibodies.
Last month we discussed the importance of colostrum, the consequences of insufficient colostrum feeding and how to assess colostrum management on farm.