Consumption of colostrum shortly after birth is critical to calf survival and health. During calving season, monitor newborns to ensure they are nursing. If calves haven’t nursed within the first 10 – 12 hours, provide assistance to ensure adequate consumption of colostrum; in some instances, you may want to provide colostrum sooner. Before calving season begins, it is a good idea to have an esophageal tube feeder and a source of colostrum on hand. Commercial colostrum products vary in the amount of immunoglobulin they contain, so make sure to get a product that is designed for replacement and not just supplement. Are you a certified Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) producer? If you’re not, the training is free and available online and in person at select meetings across the state. Visit www.texasbeefquality.comfor more information.