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What's Ahead for Calf Diarrhea Research (Where do we go from here?)

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Title: What's Ahead for Calf Diarrhea Research (Where do we go from here?)
Author: Schipper, I. A.; Eide, Wallace
Description: The authors presents several ideas for further research and discussion. It was proposed that possibly more emphasis needed to be placed upon what stimulates the initial signs of diarrhea instead of always focusing upon infectious agents. Overfeeding of colostrum, the effects of ration on deficiencies or the presence of inhibitors in the ration and their effects upon colostral may affect the amino acid, alannine, in the calves diet. The relationship of corticosteroid levels in the dam and the neonate to the incidence of calf scours hadn't been up to this writing. Corticosteroids in the blood increase at parturition in the dam and her neonate offspring. All species of animals have varying amounts of trypsin inhibitor in their colostrum. It hadn't been determined if this colostral constituent and the diarrhea were related. nearly all colostrum of cows with calves having diarrhea would not coagulate when mixed with rennin. Electroscopy study of phages in feces, which is a virus that lives on bacteria, and these have been shown to be in large numbers of calves with diarrhea. Feeding corn silage to calves will increase their incidence of diarrhea. The silage may be contaminated with a toxin as well. this article throws out many unanswered questions for further research on the topic of calf scours.
Date: 1981
Subject: Cattle diseases
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/4400

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