3 Qs of colostrum management

Published 23 February 15

3 Qs of colostrum

Colostrum is vital to the newborn calf as it contains antibodies (also known as immunoglobulins or IgG) to provide immunity and it is also rich in essential nutrients to provide energy for growth. The 3 Qs of colostrum (Quantity, Quality, Quickly) relates to ensuring that calves receive at least 3 litres of colostrum, containing greater than 50g/litre of IgG within 2 hours.

This handy two sider details the importance of the 3 Qs and how best to make sure the protocols used on farm give the calves the best start possible.

AHDB Dairy have produced a number of short films, which sit alongside these factsheets looking at the topic of calf management - the one relating to the 3 Qs can be found via this link.