Colostrum, a key to survival
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Colostrum, a key to survival

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One of the pillars of health in cattle is colostrum administration to calves. This guidebook aims at highlighting that not all colostrums are equal. Each case must be studied in depth, in order to give the adequate passive immunity the neonatal calf needs. The book is presented in an effective and easy-toread way, and offers answers to the questions that can arise when carrying out this task.

1. Introduction

2. The cow

The udder

3. Immunity in the foetus and newborn

4. Birth and management of the calf

The labour and the foetus

Preparation for calving

Stages of calving

Attention and assistance during calving

When is it advisable to intervene during calving?

Assessment of the newborn calf

Does he breathe?

Respiratory resuscitation: how to proceed?

Is he acidotic?

Management of the newborn calf

How to proceed with the newborn calf?

5. Colostrum and colostrum intake

What are the components of colostrum?

How much colostrum does a calf need to take?

When does the calf need to take the colostrum?

Are all colostrum the same?

Immunologic quality

How can the quality of colostrum be determined?

Hygienic quality

Has the calf taken the colostrum properly?

6. Alternatives to maternal colostrum: substitutes and supplements

Fresh or preserved colostrum

Commercial products

7. Feeding of the calf

Transition from colostrum to milk

The colostrum

8. Bibliography

  • Autor/es Juan José Ramos Antón, Luis Miguel Ferrer Mayayo
  • Fecha de edición diciembre 2013
  • Nº Páginas 104
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura
  • Tamaño 24 X 17
  • Idioma Inglés

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