To ensure adequate absorption of critical antibodies, calves must get colostrum within the first 24 hours of life. Sooner is better than later. Christopher Clark, DVM, and Patrick Gunn, PhD, Iowa State University Extension specialists, have created a handy poster on the important substance.
Source: Progressive Cattleman, December 23, 2016 and in the January 2017 print issue.
Beef calves should receive approximately 6 to 10 percent of bodyweight in colostrum within the first 24 hours of life.
INSIGHTS: With spring calving upon us, this poster is a good refresher for new employees and old hands alike. It’s a quick read and offers tips about when to use another cow’s colostrum or colostrum replacements. The copy is presented English and Spanish.