Tag Archives: colostrum

Issue of the Week (May 20-25): Importance of a Good Vaccination Program

Importance of a Good Vaccination Program What’s the issue? Some producers are not using a thorough vaccination program or following labeled directions regarding proper administration of vaccine products. This has the potential to cause issues in your herd in adult cows … Continue reading

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Calf Vaccines and Scouring Aids

There are several products available, to be given directly to the calf, that supply antibodies against bacteria, viruses and toxins. First Defense™ boluses by Immucel, offers protection against E. coli and coronavirus. Calf Guard™ by Pfizer, a modified live vaccine … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Calf Scours Prevention

Prevention of calf scours can be difficult. The absorption of the antibodies from good quality colostrum is the first line of defense and the foundation which other factors depend upon. Sanitation is the other means to prevent scours. Ideally, both … Continue reading

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Q. How would I use a Brix Refractometer to Measure Colostrum Quality?

A. The Brix scale was traditionally used to measure the percent of sugar in a solution.  Brix refractometers have been used to measure sugar concentration in fluids of wine, fruit juice and honey.   Recently the brix refractometer is being used … Continue reading

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Q. What are the new medicated milk replacer rules and how will they affect me as a calf feeder?

A. The first change is the ratio of neomycin sulfate (Neomycin, N) to oxytetracycline (Terramycin, T).  The old ratio was 2 parts of N to 1 part of T and the new ratio is 1 to 1. The second change … Continue reading

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