Colostrum, also known as beestings, is the first and most important line of defence for a newborn calf.
Not only does colostrum provide nutrition to the calf, it’s also a source of maternal antibodies that protect the calf against infections; many of which occur in early life.
Therefore, it is critical that the calf receives an adequate intake of good-quality colostrum within the first two hours of life.
If unsure about the quality of colostrum you are feeding your calves, it is advisable to test the quality using a Brix Refractometer.
A reading of above 22% – on the refractometer – indicates good-quality colostrum.