The first meal in a calf’s life is the most important, mainly because of the passive transfer of immunity through colostrum.
There are methods of increasing the immune status of the baby calf so that when the calf comes in contact with the pathogens, it will have a much better chance of fending off the disease entity.
Now that calving is completed, the days are longer, and the grass is growing (hopefully), it is time to start preparing for the weaning and eventual sale or feedlot finishing of your calf crop and development of your re
As we begin to vaccinate calves, do not forget to vaccinate adult cattle.
For those that calve in January and February, the rapid changes in temperature may have played a role in calf sickness and growth.
Passive immunity obtained from colostrum was an important factor determining the health of calves both pre- and post-weaning, and indirectly influenced calf growth rate during the same periods.
Some cows may calve early, so be prepared.
Calf scours causes more financial losses to cow-calf producers than any other health problem in their herds.