Monday, October 5, 2015

Video from UK Dairy Board
"First 24 Hours"

For a British-flavor presentation dealing with caring for the newborn calf you may want to try this short video from a webinar by the DairyCo part of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB):

The content is dividing to sections:
  • The newborn
  • Colostrum management
  • Hygiene
  • Quality of stockmanship - this is a part we in US often overlook
  • Targets
You may have heard the story before but often a slightly different cultural perspective will give you insights that you have missed previously. 

One small reservation - the narrator comments on bacteria "destroying" antibodies - I don't know of any published data to support that statement. We do know that high bacteria counts in colostrum do lower the rates of antibody absorption. Therefore, the final conclusion is the same - clean colostrum is always better than contaminated colostrum.


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