Leonard strongly recommends purchasing a colostrum replacer that is USDA-licensed as a colostrum replacement to ensure calves are getting the crucial energy and antibodies they need the first 12 hours of life.
All colostrum replacers are not created equal, but paying closer attention to the product details and making a more informed purchasing decision should help lead you to the colostrum replacer product that is suited best for your operation. “Your decision is an important one because you only get one chance to start a calf off on the right foot (or in this case hoof),” adds Leonard.
1 C.M. Jones, R.E. James, J.D. Quigley, III, and M.L. Gilliard. Influence of Pooled Colostrum or Colostrum Replacement on IgG and Evaluation of Animal Plasma in Milk Replacer, Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 87, Pages 1806-1814, 2004.