Why six litres of colostrum in the first 24 hours?

14-09-2020

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Why six litres of colostrum in the first 24 hours?

This quantity of colostrum is sufficient to feed a calf once or preferably twice. “The first colostrum is always the best,” explained the young cattle specialists. “Try to use it in the second and third feed, too.” In order to ingest sufficient antibodies, the young calf must have been fed six litres of colostrum in the first 24 hours. The more colostrum the better for the performance of the calf throughout its life, explained Erwin. “The calf grows more easily, can be inseminated sooner, and as a result will itself be able to calve at a younger age. In addition, lifetime production and age are higher in cows that receive more colostrum on day one.” The importance of sufficient colostrum is huge, a point also underlined by Johan. “If things go wrong in colostrum delivery, there is no way to correct matters at a later stage, not even with super milk powder or super pellets.”

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