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.
#ColostrumIsGold for Buitelaar’s award-winning supply chain. We know that calves fed adequate colostrum in the first few hours of their life outperform calves not fed sufficient amounts. A healthy calf benefits every stage in our supply chain from our dairy farmer suppliers, to our rearers & through to our finishing farms - this all starts with feeding colostrum. Buitelaar prioritise health & welfare throughout the supply chain & are delighted to support this industry campaign.
Sharminda Lockwood, Veterinary Surgeon
Westpoint Farms Vets in Ashford, Kent are supporting #ColostrumisGold.
Fiona Lovatt, consultant sheep veterinary surgeon
All of us that are involved with Flock Health Clubs are hugely supportive of the #ColostrumisGold campaign - & its enormous importance during the lambing season.
Instead of inappropriate use of antibiotics, we need to ensure that all ewes are fit and well fed so that they can provide colostrum of appropriate quality & quantity to give lambs the very best start in life
#PlanPreventProtect & #speaktoyourvet !