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Bummer Calves does powdered colostrum work?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Calves' started by Shelbycobra, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Dec 10, 2008
    Shelbycobra

    Shelbycobra Just born

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    I may be getting a bummer calf from a local dairy. These calves have not always been allowed to nurse and get colostrum from their mothers. Has anyone had success with the powdered colostrum? I realize bummer calves have a high death rate.

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    Renee
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    Farmer Kitty

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    The colostrum only works for a few hours after birth. Then their stomachs no longer will absorb the antibodies.

    If the calves are in poor health, I would feed a good quality milk replacer several times a day. Mix in vitamins and electrolytes. Make them smaller feedings but, more frequent.

    Why doesn't the farmer feed them the colostrum? He/she has to throw that milk away as it's not shipable.
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    Farmer Kitty

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    Also add a good probiotic. There is a product called Probios that comes in many forms that is good. A good natural yogurt has good probiotic properties too.
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    wynedot55

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    yes the powder clostrum works real good if you get it in the calf within 24hrs.i like getting clostrum in them as soon as possable.
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    jhm47

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    According to all the vets I've talked to, powdered colostrum is a waste of money. However, they all seem to sell it in their offices.

    A better choice would be to try to find some fresh colostrum from a dairy somewhere. It can be frozen in ziplock bags, and keeps a long time. Do not warm it in a microwave. That breaks down the antibodies that the calf needs to develop immunity to diseases. Warm it slowly in warm water before feeding it to the calf. It's a waste of time to feed either powdered or natural if the calf is over 24 hours old.

    I have had the best success by starting calves on whole milk for the first day, then 1/2 milk replacer and 1/2 whole milk the next day, and then milk replacer from then on. Cuts down on the scours a lot. Good luck!
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    beefy

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    i dont have much success with powdered colostrum either.
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    kstaven

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    We have never had good results from powder.
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    wynedot55

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    i never lost a calf that i had to use the powder on.
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    Farmer Kitty

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    I haven't lost one of them either but, they don't seem to do as well as the others either.
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    kstaven

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    We have always had better success having a gallon of first milk in the freezer just in case.

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