Do your suckler calves absorb enough antibodies from colostrum?
Join AHDB Beef & Lamb and Dr Alexander Corbishley, a senior lecturer in farm animal health at the University of Edinburgh, for a webinar looking at the prevalence of and risk factors for poor colostrum antibody absorption in suckled calves. Research from the University of Edinburgh has shown that one in three British suckler calves would benefit from improving the amount of antibodies absorbed from colostrum. Calves rely on the transfer of antibodies from the cow via her colostrum within the first few hours of life to provide protection from disease. When insufficient antibodies are absorbed, calves are at serious risk of disease during the pre-weaning period and are more likely to need antibiotic treatment. The webinar will cover: • What is the difference between partial and complete failure of passive transfer? • Major risk factors for failure of passive transfer in calves • Nutrition in late pregnancy – energy balance and mineral status • Managing risk on your farm