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Beef Cow Milk Composition and Calf Scours

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Title: Beef Cow Milk Composition and Calf Scours
Author: Schipper, l.A.; Danielson, R.B.; Krieger, Karen L.
Description: Millions of dollars are lost year in the ranching industry due to calf diarrhea referred to as scours.This was the number one killer of calves in North Dakota in 1986. The type of diet appeared to have the most influence on calf scours than the environment did. It was believed that calves receiving substandard milk replacement were more prone to scours. In 1986, the information on this was very limited. The objectives of the research addressed in this article were to determine protein, milk fat and lactose composition of beef cow colostrum, to compare these factors in colostrial samples drawn from cows fed hay and cows fed silage and, finally,to determine the relationship between beef cow diet, beef cow colostral compositions and the incidence of calf scours. The gross analysis of milk consumed by calves that later scoured appeared to be lower in protein within the first 48 hours than milk consumed by non-scouring calves. This was not significant. Lower protein levels in milk contained lower immunoglobulin levels which resulted in a poorer immunity to calfhood diseases, especially that of scours.
Date: 1986
Subject: Cattle diseases
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6931

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