Provide the Best Perinatal Care for Newborn and Pregnant Farm Animals
Learn how to properly prepare your pregnant farm animals for a spring birth with vaccines, enhanced colostrum production, crutching and more.
At birth the neonate is born immunologically naive, essentially unable to mount any sort of response to infection.
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It is helpful to shear the ewe approximately 30 days before lambing, this helps the new lamb find the mother's teat and is called "crutching."
Dr. Barnes recommends vaccinating a pregnant cow at seven months of gestation and two to three weeks before calving to provide colostrum rich in maternal immunoglobulins.
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If a cow is still lactating at seven months of pregnany, it is best that she be dried off (not milked again) until she gives birth. This six week dry period is critical for the health of her udder and the accumulation of colostrum.