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The Importance of the Calf's First Meal


February 13, 2020

By Mike Schuldt, MSU Extension, Custer County

The importance of colostrum as the first meal for a newborn is well known in all species; however, the importance of timing has been a topic of research. Dr. Brian Vander Ley, University of Nebraska Veterinary Epidemiologist, recently shared information on timing. Colostrum serves as a loan of immunity from its mother until the calf has time to build its own. The small intestine absorbs the antibodies and is most efficient at this for the first four hours after birth. After this window permeability of the intestine changes and the large antibo...

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