Refractometer for testing Cow Colostrum

Refractometer for testing Cow Colostrum

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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.