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Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Why is Colostrum Management So Important?

Posted by Laura Stensberg

Like most things in life, we just do what we have always done without question and many times without knowing why we do it. We just have grown up with our parents doing it one way and now we do it the same way as well. This is also the case with life on the…
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More Farm Choices: Is the Second Feeding of Colostrum Needed?

Posted by Laura Stensberg

By now, we all know how important colostrum is to the neonatal calf. But, now we face the question, how many feedings are enough? Is it just a one-and-done kind of thing or is there more to it? This is a relatively new topic of research and much still needs to be learned. Before we…
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The Life and Times: A Background on Pasteurization

Posted by Laura Stensberg

Are you thinking about starting a colostrum management program? Running a dairy farm is tough, and starting new practices on your farm can be difficult. In this article, we will begin with a little background on pasteurization and give you some reasons why you should be choosing to do this with your colostrum. What is…
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Neonatal Calf Welfare is Larger than Life as We Know It

Posted by Laura Stensberg

We all know that providing tremendous quality of care to our newborn calves increases the livelihood of our dairy. So let’s take some time to talk about how we can go about giving all newborn calves that same wonderful quality of care. Giving the best start in life is not a one-step and done kind…
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What’s the Composition? Milk And Colostrum And How To Treat Each

Posted by Laura Stensberg

“That depends,” you say. “Are you talking about comparing the two liquids or whether colostrum feeding affects future production?” “Both,” I say. Comparing Colostrum to Milk Components Colostrum is notorious for containing high levels of immunoglobulins. At 85 to 90 percent, the most prevalent one is immunoglobulin G (IgG), a large Y-shaped protein produced by…
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