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Do you know why Colostrum is the single most important input in any calf’s life?
All Calves are Born WITHOUT an Immune System.
- Mother Nature dictates that antibodies are transferred from her to her calf via the colostrum it consumes in the first feeding.
- These antibodies (or Ig) are transferred through specialized cells in the calf’s small intestine that temporarily allow the absorption of large molecules and carry them to the blood stream.
- This process is called Passive Transfer.
However, the intestine is ONLY ABLE TO ABSORB these maternal antibodies for a SHORT TIME.
- It is most receptive during the first few hours after birth and steadily declines to nearly 0 at 24 hours after birth.
- In order to achieve Adequate Passive Transfer, the amount of Ig absorbed into the blood must be >10g/L of Plasma (New industry goal is to achieve 20g/L.)
- Any amount <10g/L is considered Failure of Passive Transfer (FPT)
FPT has been linked with
- Increased Calf Morbidity (sickness)
- Mortality (death)
- and a Reduction in Calf Growth Rate and Feed Efficiency
It is estimated that of the calf deaths occurring in the first 3 weeks of life, approximately a third are due to inadequate colostrum intake.
Long Term Consequences Include:
- Delayed Onset of Puberty
- Decreased First and Second Lactation Milk Production
- Increased Culling Rate of Heifers in the First Lactation
There are 4 key factors that contribute to the goal of successful passive transfer of immunity:
1.QUALITY – Feeding high quality colostrum with a high immunoglobulin concentration (>50 g/L of IgG)
2.VOLUME – Feeding the correct volume of colostrum
3.SPEED – Feeding colostrum promptly after birth (within 1-2 hours and by 6 hours maximum)
4.BIOSECURITY – Minimizing bacterial contamination of colostrum
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