Calf Colostrum

We saw quite a few outbreaks of severe diarrhea in mobs of calves last year. This is such a costly problem in terms of people’s time and stress, as well as calf health of course. It is worth underlining the vital importance of colostrum. Calves need warm Gold Colostrum in adequate volumes (2-4 litres) in the first 16 hours of life. Each individual calf needs monitoring to ensure it drinks enough on arrival in the shed, otherwise it should be tube fed. Ideally, calves get collected twice a day. Dirt binds antibodies, so it is important that colostrum vats and milk buckets / feeders are all cleaned and disinfected frequently. Gold colostrum is best chosen by testing fresh cows’ colostrum for protein levels using a Refractometer. Other important things to remember are having:

  • clean, dry pens with solid partitions
  • regular disinfection
  • hospital pens for sick calves, and
  • boot disinfectant by the doors.
Covid-19 Update 😷

To our wonderful clients, we are working hard to keep you and our team safe during this current climate. Unfortunately, even with protocols in place, people are still being impacted by this illness and that includes our team. We are managing this the best we can but there are times when we are not fully staffed.

Please be advised there may be longer wait times, days where we cannot offer our full range of services, and changes to our usual hours. Please be patient with us.We may have to reschedule your appointment at short notice as we take care of our staff too. We are sure you will appreciate that we are working exceptionally hard to provide the best care for your pets.

Thank you for your understanding and we will keep you updated as we work through the next few weeks.

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