October 2018
Calves left to suckle the dam for colostrum intake are at a greater risk of low antibody absorption and increased morbidity and mortality. Research has shown that dairy calves should be actively fed good quality colostrum as soon as possible after birth in order to benefit in the short and long term. Active feeding involves...
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Dr Bob James, professor emeritus of Dairy Science and Virginia Tech University, discusses the importance of good colostrum management. Dr James said colostrum contained a raft of components that were important to the calf and should be fed for longer than previously recommended. All the focus had been on one component in colostrum — Immunoglobulin...
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Peter Garrett from Argyle Dairy on the Darling Downs has been a long-term MaxCare customer, using our MaxCare Ultimate product through an automatic calf feeding system. Peter’s family have been dairying on the Darling Downs since 1926. His ancestors immigrated here from Birmingham to find few creature comforts and a dairy herd. It is this...
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