Colostrum Supplement?

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by MellonFriend, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I am currently working on getting my kidding supplies ready and I heard that you guys don't recommend milk replacer, but what about powdered colostrum supplement? Is that something I should still have on hand or is there a better substitute?
     
  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    To have a colostrum replacer in hand is fine, but always aim for mama goat’s colostrum if possible.
     

  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Big difference between colostrum supplement and colostrum replacer. You would want the replacer but only if mom doesn't have milk.
     
  4. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Oh of course I know this is only for in the case of an emergency. ;)

    Anything to look for when purchasing one or brand recommendations?
     
  5. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Make sure it says colostrum replacer.
     
  6. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
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  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Land o Lakes is a good one, I have used it.
     
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  8. Calistar

    Calistar Well-Known Member

    So if we need colostrum replacer and not supplement....what IS the colostrum supplement for? None of my feed stores even carry a colostrum replacer, just the supplement. What's the difference, besides the obvious suggested by the names? Surely there's got to be some use for it if that's all they have?
     
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  9. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    The way I understand it, the colostrum supplement is only to give addition colostrum when the kid or lamb received some from the dam but not enough or not for long enough. The replacer is best if the kid received none.
     
  10. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yes. The supplement is given in addition to Mom's colostrum.
     
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  11. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Hm, that makes sense. Great question @Calistar.