How Much Colostrum Does My Newborn Calf Need?

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Making sure a new born calf gets the right amount of colostrum is very important. Without colostrum, the calf does not have the immunities it needs for good health and can mean the difference between life and death.

Information from Oklahoma State regarding how much colostrum to give at birth:

A practical "rule-of-thumb" is to feed 5 to 6% of the calf's body weight within the first 6 hours and repeat the feeding when the calf is about 12 hours old. For an 80 pound calf, this will equate to approximately 2 quarts of colostrum per feeding.

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