Poor-quality colostrum is often a result of the ration fed to the pregnant cows during the dry period. In an ideal dry period, a cow maintains her take-up of dry matter up to calving day. However, this is only possible if the cow has access to tasty rations 24 hours a day. The quality of the colostrum is also influenced by the raw protein content of the rations and the amount of minerals and vitamins available.
If despite all these measures diarrhoea and airway infections regularly occur on your farm, request an appointment with the young stock specialists. They will help you analyse your management: from dry period through to the provision of colostrum and from hygiene to accommodation.