The long-term benefits of colostrum have been documented, with improved live-weight gain and health status leading to earlier joining dates. Calves receiving larger volumes of colostrum at birth have shown to have less veterinary costs in the pre-weaned period and produce more milk per day in the both the first and second lactations. Therefore, a
Calves are born with no natural protection from disease and it can take 3 to 4 weeks for them to develop their own antibodies. One of the best ways to protect your calves during this time, is to give them colostrum ─ the first milk produced by the cow or heifer after she has calved.