Colostrum

Ensuring lambs receive adequate colostrum

Ensuring lambs receive adequate colostrum

Colostrum is the single most important feed lambs will consume in the first few hours of life. Colostrum offers a...

March 10, 2022

Improving your calves’ saleability this spring

Improving your calves’ saleability this spring

Improving your calves’ saleability should be something you consider, as the numbers of calves presenting at marts for sale has...

March 2, 2022

50% of total lamb losses occur in the first 48 hours of life

50% of total lamb losses occur in the first 48 hours of life

Almost 50% of total lamb losses occur in the first 48 hours of life, with a further 11% coming to...

February 28, 2022

Testing colostrum quality on farms this spring

Testing colostrum quality on farms this spring

The feeding of high-quality colostrum is important in order to give calves the best start in life and to ensure...

February 13, 2022

Ensuring calves get adequate colostrum

Ensuring calves get adequate colostrum

Colostrum is a source of maternal antibodies, which aid the calf when fighting off disease or sickness in early life....

January 23, 2022

Colostrum management on dairy farms for spring 2022

Colostrum management on dairy farms for spring 2022

During the recent CalfCare webinar event run by Animal Health Ireland (AHI) in conjunction with Teagasc and Volac, colostrum management...

January 20, 2022

Autumn-calving: Improving colostrum quality

Autumn-calving: Improving colostrum quality

The autumn-calving season is underway on dairy farms, with feeding calves high-quality colostrum being one of the most important jobs...

October 12, 2021

Autumn-calving: Best practice for stomach tubing

Autumn-calving: Best practice for stomach tubing

Stomach tubing is the most effective way of ensuring a calf receives adequate and high quality colostrum shortly after birth....

September 19, 2021

Autumn-calving: Preparing for calves on your farm

Autumn-calving: Preparing for calves on your farm

The autumn-calving season is due to kick off on dairy farms in the coming days and weeks, as farmers gear...

September 7, 2021

How much colostrum should my newborn lambs be getting?

How much colostrum should my newborn lambs be getting?

Colostrum is the single most important feed a lamb will consume in the first few hours of life. Colostrum offers...

March 13, 2021

Colostrum: A calves most important feed

Colostrum: A calves most important feed

Colostrum, also known as beestings, is the first and most important line of defence for a newborn calf. It’s crucial...

January 18, 2021

Are your newborn lambs getting enough colostrum?

Are your newborn lambs getting enough colostrum?

Over the next few weeks, the bulk of the mid-season lambing flocks across the country will be lambing down. During...

March 19, 2020

How much colostrum does a newborn lamb require?

How much colostrum does a newborn lamb require?

At a recent pre-lambing workshop, considerable attention was placed on good management practices and the importance of feeding adequate amounts...

February 15, 2020

Video: Testing the quality of colostrum and top tips when stomach tubing a newborn calf

Video: Testing the quality of colostrum and top tips when stomach tubing a newborn calf

Colostrum, also known as beestings, is the first and most important line of defence for a newborn calf. Not only...

February 11, 2020

Why colostrum is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime

Why colostrum is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime

Colostrum, otherwise known as ‘beestings’, is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime – as...

January 23, 2020

Pics: Efficient ways of heating and defrosting colostrum in spring 2020

Pics: Efficient ways of heating and defrosting colostrum in spring 2020

With spring only around the corner, farmers are beginning their preparations before calving kicks off. Feeding adequate colostrum to the...

December 14, 2019

Comparison: Bottle feeding vs. stomach tubing colostrum

Comparison: Bottle feeding vs. stomach tubing colostrum

Colostrum is the most important meal a calf will get during its entire lifetime. The method of feeding this ‘liquid...

December 9, 2019

Management hint: How to identify a sick/weak calf

Management hint: How to identify a sick/weak calf

The calving season is off to a flying start across the island of Ireland with the weather – so far...

February 16, 2019