Boosting Calf Immunity in the Early Stages of Life
It is important that adequate quantity of quality colostrum is fed quickly to provide suf cient level of protective antibodies in new born calves. The rule of thumb is to feed at least 2 litres of colostrum (up to 10-12% of body weight) within 12 hours and then again at 24 hours after birth; the earlier and more consistently the better.
Older cows generally produce better quality colostrum; however heifers can produce good quality colostrum as well. Good quality lead feeding with balanced profile
of essential vitamins and trace minerals can boost the immune status of pregnant cows and consequently the levels of antibodies in their colostrum.
1. Feed adequate quantity of high quality colostrum promptly.
2. Good quality lead feeding of transition cows can result in high quality colostrum.
3. Additives such as a Coccidiostat can provide some protection against Coccidiosis and thus allow time for calves to develop active immunity.
For more information contact your CopRice Nutritionist or visit the Dairy Australia website www.dairyaustralia.com.au