Our original company 12 years ago became the first to scientifically evaluate the benefits of using Bovine Colostrum as the base ingredient in luxury skin care products. Read on to find out more about colostrum and its origin.
WHAT IS BOVINE COLOSTRUM?
Bovine Colostrum is the first liquid substance produced by a cow prior to giving birth. Supercharged with 97 immune factors and 87 growth factors vital in providing the antibodies that form the main protection from infectious diseases for the calf in the first 6 weeks of life.
How much Colostrum does a cow produce? Dairy cows produce colostrum far in excess of calf requirements. Mature cows produce on average 35 litres of colostrum per calf, there is ample to nourish the calf as well as leaving sufficient for commercial collection.
What quantity of colostrum should be provided to newborn calves? The guide for estimating the volume of good quality colostrum required achieving the best transfer of immunity is to use a calf’s bodyweight as the starting point. Establish what 10–12% of bodyweight equals then feed this amount of good quality colostrum at birth with repeated dose 12 hours after birth. For example, a new-born calf weighs around 40 kgs the amount of colostrum to feed would be around 4.3 litres in total, two feeds of 2.15 litres.
Although Dairy farmers always keep a pool of colostrum, which is frozen and thawed to be emergency used in the case when a cow has difficulties in feeding her calf or simply hasn’t produced enough.
When should colostrum be fed to the calf? The ability of a calf's small intestine to absorb immunoglobulins and vital antibodies rapidly reduces over the first few hours of life.At the 24 hours of age, absorption rate becomes almost nonexistent.The first and second feeding of 10- 12% within in 12 hours is critical. In all Respect the Calf comes first.
All colostrum used in KORE Skincare products is sourced from respected commercial Australian supplier who collect and process the product at least 24 hours after the calf has received it minimum double feeding. The Australian and New Zealand dairy industry is a major producer of products derived from bovine colostrum, giving the dairy farmer a new line of income in the form of a by-product that was previously regarded of being of relatively little value and often discarded.