Proper Vaccinations Can Protect Calves Until Weaning

Proper Vaccinations Can Protect Calves Until Weaning

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Newborn calves gain temporary (passive) immunity from disease when they ingest colostrum from the dam—since this “first milk” contains maternal antibodies. After a few weeks or months this temporary protection begins to wane, however, and calves must build their own immunities.

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