Feeding colostrum

feeding colostrum

If colostrum is good quality, free of blood, serum, mastitis, feed 4 litres to the calf within 30 minutes of birth. If colostrum is poor quality, use good quality colostrum that has been frozen or a good quality colostrum replacement product.

Feed another 2 litres of colostrum within 8 hours of birth. Feed calves 3 litres of colostrum two times per day at 12-hour intervals for 3 days and then switch to normal milk or milk replacer.

Do NOT feed milk from treated cows as it could leave residues.

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Feed 200 grams of IgG (immunoglobulin G) or four quarts of colostrum (approximately 4 litres), whichever is more. Don’t feed less colostrum because it has a lot of IgG – the calf also needs the calories in the colostrum. Feeding just a set amount of colostrum that doesn’t have enough IgG will hurt calves in the long run by increasing the risk of failure of passive transfer. It is important to know the quality of colostrum to ensure calves get at least 200 grams of IgG.

Bottles, buckets, and nipples 
Bottles, buckets, nipples, and other feeding equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after every use.