The effect of delays in feeding colostrum and the relationship between immunoglobulin concentration in the serum of neonatal calves and their rates of growth.


Eighty-five unsuckled newborn calves, were fed 1.5 L of colostrum of known IgG concentration at either 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours after birth with no additional colostrum feeding. Another group of 11 calves were left with their dam for 16 hours after birth, before separation. Blood samples were taken from all calves 24 hours after colostrum feeding or separation… (More)