The study investigated whether the susceptibility of calves to an early Schistosoma mattheei infection may be modified by intake of colostrum from infected cows. Twelve calves born to non-infected mothers were randomly divided into 2 groups of 6. The animals from group 1 were fed colostrum originating from a pool collected from non-infected cows, the calves from group 2 received colostrum from a pool collected from cows infected with S. mattheei. One month after birth all calves were infected by exposure to 1000 cercariae of a local strain of S. mattheei, and perfused 12 weeks later to determine the worm- and tissue egg counts. IgGH+L, IgG1, IgG2 and IgA levels against soluble adult worm antigen preparation of S. bovis (SWAP bovis) were analysed in both colostrum pools and in the serum from the calves collected during the study before and after receiving colostrum, then on days 7, 30, 73 and 122. Faecal egg counts were determined from day 73 onwards. The IgGH+L, IgG1 and IgA levels of the positive colostrum pool were higher than those of the negative pool. Calves of group 2 showed significantly higher levels of IgGH+L and IgG1 until day 73, to reach equal levels at necropsy. Calves of group 2 showed significant reductions of 42, 28 and 42% in total worm counts, female worm counts, and tissue egg counts, respectively, and a reduction of 25% in cumulative faecal egg counts. These findings indicate that there was a significant impact of colostrum on the parasitological and serological course of early S. mattheei infections.