Asked April 16, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

Hi, I am consulting for 2 dairy herds, a Holstein and a Jersey one in Zimbabwe.
Most cows in both herds are not producing sufficient colostrum for their calves.
My questions are:
1) What is the average colostrum produced for these respective breeds??
2) Is colostrum production strongly linked to dry cow nutrition and/or what role does genetics play??
3) What can you recommend to increase the amount of colostrum a cow can produce??

Many thanks,
Rob Jansen-van Vuuren

Outside United States

1 Response

Both of these breeds should produce an adequate amount of colostrum, If there is low colostrum production there is a high likelihood that the cows nutrition requirements are not being met during the dry period. Pay particular attention to energy intake.