The Most Important Meal:  Setting up newborns for success

The Most Important Meal:  Setting up newborns for success

Troy Smith

Range Beef Cow Symposium

Elaborating on the importance of colostrum, or “first milk,” that a dam provides at the onset of lactation, Vander Ley explained that calves are born with a naïve immune system. Ingestion of colostrum provides a passive transfer of antibodies, as well as nutrition. This loan of antibodies from the dam lasts about two weeks, providing a measure of protection while the calf develops its own immunity.

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