Characterization of neonatal beef calf behavior and associations with weight gain and intake of colostral immunoglobulins


  • J. E. Bayne Department of Clinical Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
  • T. Passler Department of Clinical Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
  • M. F. Chamorro Department of Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506
  • D. M. Haines Department of Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 584, Canada
  • P. H. Walz Department of Pathobiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849



colostrum intake, neonatal, morbidity, mortality, calves, beef, dairy, calf behavior


Failure of adequate colostrum intake in neonatal calves contributes to increased morbidity and mortality in both beef and dairy calves. Characterizing neonatal calf behavior predictive of future production has not been fully explored in beef cattle. Research objectives included characterization of behavioral indices from birth until day 7 in beef calves born to primiparous (Calves-H) and multiparous dams (CalvesC). Evaluation of body weight, serum total protein, and IgG concentrations were performed to determine correlations between activity, transfer of passive immunity, and weight gain during the first 7 days of life.






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