Producer Question from 2015
Q. When should you consider giving a new-born calf colostrum? (March 10, 2015)
If you answer "Yes" to any of the following scenarios, supplement the new-born calf with colostrum.
- The calf is too weak to suckle after being born.
- The calf's mother has abandoned the calf or refused to let the calf suckle soon after birth.
- The calf is exposed to weather that interfered with the calf's opportunity/ability to suckle soon after birth. Calf experiences hypothermia and was taken away from the dam and moved to a warming box or warming room.
- The calf has experienced a difficult birth – even if it is not weak and can stand.
Dr. Richard Randle has recorded a brief presentation titled "Care of the Newborn Calf Colostrum Management" that further addresses this question.
Beef Specialist – University of Nebraska