Tube Feeding Colostrum – an Essential Skill for All Producers

Tube Feeding Colostrum – an Essential Skill for All Producers

Michelle Arnold

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

“Failure of passive transfer” of immunity occurs when a calf does not absorb enough good quality immunoglobulin before closure of the intestine that occurs at approximately 24 hours after birth. This failure leads to increased calf sickness and death. If the calf survives, it will have a slower growth rate and use feed less efficiently. It is estimated that of the calf deaths occurring in the first 3 weeks of life, approximately a third are due to inadequate colostrum intake.

Full Story

Comments are closed.