James Russell, Junior Vice President, British Veterinary Association
If colostrum is gold, colostrum quality is priceless.
My top tip on colostrum for vets would be to start the conversation. Many maxims about the right amount at the right time have existed for many years; adding to that the question ‘is it good enough and does it get absorbed?’ is a good way of supporting your clients to ensure that the next generation of cows on their farm have a golden start.
Read James' full blog on the BVA website here.
Nick Pile, Farm Vet
Cliffe Farm Vets are pleased to see the #colostrumisgold campaign being relaunched this year. It is so important to highlight the importance of good colostrum and good colostrum policies. Investing in ewe nutrition represents the best value for your lamb crops this spring- it does not happen by accident!
Ruth Clark, Veterinary Advisor for Livestock
Delighted to see this initiative to encourage optimal use of colostrum. Great for calf welfare, herd health, farm economics and for reducing antimicrobial usage. Vetlexicon Bovis from Vetstream offers our full support.
David M Love, International Veterinary & Public Health Consultant
I find it disturbing that almost 50 year after the publication of the benefits of feeding colostrum (McEwan et al, 1970) the message is only just getting through and mainly as a result of concerns over antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobials can be benificial if used responsibly but will not cover up poor livestock management practices.
We need to ensure the basics are in place before we add the ‘bells and whistles’.
Good management is critical to ensure profitable production performance without the burden of unnecessary financial inputs.
Lanes Farm Vets
Lanes Farm Vets is proud to support #colostrumisgold again this year and our hard working sheep farmers this lambing season!
Jenny Letherbarrow, Veterinary surgeon
Logical but glad it is being advertised
Juliet Cleave, Sucker producer
Feeding molasses + mag in the run up to calving to balance forage ration #ColostrumIsGold #goodstart #nativebreeds #extensivesystem
Sian Fuller, Veterinary surgeon
Everyone at South Wales Farm Vets is right behind #ColostrumIsGold. In fact this month's newsletter is covering this exact topic
Hannah Kenway, Vet
Every one at Green Roberts and Butler Vets on the Isle of Wight is behind #ColostrumIsGold - out there today spreading the word that good colostrum management is the single most important thing you can do to get youngstock off to a good start in life!
We are pleased to support RUMA's #ColostrumIsGold campaign once again - here's to a successful second year!
We will be supporting this important campaign on social media and look forward to plenty of tweets vying for a potential free place on our Animal Medicines Best Practice (AMBP) training course: training modules for dairy, beef, sheep and pigs farmers on responsible antibiotic use.