"Colony count in colostrum is too high"

"Colony count in colostrum is too high"

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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Comments (4)

Dr.M.A.Morsy

Colostrum is the power station of immunity in animal life

Anouk Brinkhoff

Dr.M.A.Morsy wrote:
Colostrum is the power station of immunity in animal life

Thanks for your response!

Frank van der Staak

Ik begrijp het verhaal en ook de gedachten er achter.
Maar hebben jullie ook een waarde van de COLONY wat wel goed is in de biest voor een goede start ?

Anouk Brinkhoff

Frank van der Staak wrote:
Ik begrijp het verhaal en ook de gedachten er achter.
Maar hebben jullie ook een waarde van de COLONY wat wel goed is in de biest voor een goede start ?

Bedankt voor je vraag Frank.
Biest is steriel of heeft in ieder geval een kiemgetal lager dan 1.000.

In English: Colostrum as it comes out of the udder has a bacterial count of less than 1.000 cfu and in many cases 0 (zero).

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