3 Qs of colostrum management

Published 23 February 15

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 should be observed

Quantity - The recommendation is to give a first feed of 3 litres or 10% of body weight. This should be followed by another similar feed within 12 hours of birth.

Quality - Good quality colostrum contains at least 50g/litre of IgG. Any colostrum containing less than 20g/litre should not be used

Quickly - It is important that calves receive their first colostrum feed as soon as possible after birth, ideally within 2 hours