This week the Dutch magazine Tijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde published an article on research about the colony count in colostrum. The research was done by our own CowSignals and Vetvice founder Jan Hulsen, together with Dré Delhij and Niels Verheijen, students at HAS Hogescholen, and drs. Niels Groot Nibbelink, Veterinair Centrum Someren.
The research shows that the colony count in colostrum being fed to calves is often too high.
"It is plausable that on Dutch dairy farms the fresh colostrum in one third of the cases contains a colony count that is too high. Defrozen colostrum from the freezer in two third of the cases has a count that is too high".
Colostrum plays a very important part calf's health, because it provides them with the necessary anti-bodies. Obviously, we need to do a better job on calf rearing.
Read full article (Dutch) here>>
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Our first tip: disinfect your buckets!