Colostrum Management for Dairy Calves

Sandra M. Godden, Jason E. Lombard, Amelia R. Woolums

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Abstract

Colostrum management is the single most important management factor in determining calf health and survival. Additional benefits of good colostrum management include improved rate of gain and future productivity. Successful colostrum management requires producers to 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 colostrum composition, and discusses key components in developing a successful colostrum management program. In addition, the article discusses approaches for monitoring and proposes new goals for passive immunity in dairy herds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-556
Number of pages22
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • Calf
  • Colostrum management
  • Monitoring
  • Passive immunity

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Colostrum Management for Dairy Calves. / Godden, Sandra M.; Lombard, Jason E.; Woolums, Amelia R.

In: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice, Vol. 35, No. 3, 11.2019, p. 535-556.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Godden, Sandra M. ; Lombard, Jason E. ; Woolums, Amelia R. / Colostrum Management for Dairy Calves. In: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice. 2019 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 535-556.
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