Role of Colostrum and Transition Milk
in Calf Gut Development
Kurt Cotanch writing in the newsletter from the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute summarizes key ideas about calf gut development. He starts with the prenatal period and carries through feeding both colostrum and transition milk.
If you are not already familiar with this periodic publication from the Miner Institute please take a few minutes to discover its value.
The link to the most recent issue is:
Kurt also includes the link to the Penn State spreadsheet that helps make a decision about feeding milk compared to milk replacer:
"The Penn State website has a calculator to fi gure the breakeven cost of your milk compared to your choice of milk replacer when considering the economics of feeding dam’s milk. http://extension.psu. edu/animals/dairy/nutrition/calves/ feeding/das-07-116."