Colostrum Management for Dairy Calves

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Abstract

Colostrum management is the single most important management factor in determining calf health and survival. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of North American dairy calves suffer from failure of passive transfer of antibodies from colostrum, contributing to excessively high preweaning mortality rates and other short- and long-term losses associated with animal health, welfare, and productivity. A successful colostrum management program requires producers to consistently provide calves with a sufficient volume of clean, high-quality colostrum within the first few hours of life. This article reviews the process of colostrogenesis and discusses important components of colostrum. The key components of delivering and monitoring a successful colostrum management program are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-39
Number of pages21
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

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