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Storing And Feeding Colostrum
Storing And Feeding Colostrum
Proper storage and method of feeding the calves are vital to raise good quality and healthy calves.
Storing Colostrum
  • Colostrum can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Not recommended to store more than a week as the antibody concentration starts to fall.
  • Colostrum may be stored in a deep freeze for up to for up to one year without serious loss of antibody value.
  • The best way to defrost the colostrum pack is to allow it to stand in warm water and allow it to thaw and heat up slowly. 
  • It is not encouraged to use microwave to defrost as will damage the sensitive immunoglobulin (antibodies).
Feeding Colostrum To The Calf
There are several ways to feed colostrum to the calves. The important key to remember is to have a management plan for each calf and follow it every time.
  • Tubing (Oesophageal/stomach) - This method is preferred by most farmers.
    • Oesophageal feeders enables easy ingestion of a known vol​ume of colostrum without having to teach the calf how to suck.
    • Additional training is required to make sure that correct placement of the tube and to regulate the rate at which the colostrum is administered.
    • Special care needs to be taken as incorrect tube placement will cause colostrum being taken into the lungs causing the death of the calf.
  • Teat Feeding
    • Teat feeding is easier for those farmers who are unfamiliar with tubing.​
    • Additional challenge to the farmers as they have to train the calves to suckle on a teat before the colostrum can be given.
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