The Effects of Agglomerated Blood Plasma on Scour Incidence and Severity in Pre-Weaned Dairy Calves

Alyssa Seitz and Sylvia Kehoe, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Univeristy of Wisconsin-River Falls, 210 Agicultural Science, 611 S. 3rd St River Falls, WI 54022

Newborn dairy calves are predisposed to a number of health issues that can affect their long-term growth and development. The most common and detrimental of these is scours. Feeding agglomerated bovine blood plasma may decrease the incidence and severity of scours as observed in calves fed blood plasma over the course of 21 days shortly after birth. Four hundred forty dairy calves of assorted breeds from Hall’s Calf Ranch in Kewaunee, WI were used in this trial. Half (220) received blood plasma in their milk twice a day for 21 days starting shortly after birth. Calves were evaluated initially for vigor and scour incidence, and then scour scored three times a week over the course of feeding the plasma. Calves were weighed prior to starting the trial. Confounding factors such as weather, treatments and palatability of blood plasma were also recorded, as was the mortality rate. It was found that calves fed blood plasma experienced a 15% decrease in severe scours cases compared to their control group counterparts, with little effects on palatability. There was also a decrease in mortality rate seen. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Alyssa Seitz

Institution: University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Type: Oral

Subject: Animal Sciences

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 2
Date/Time: Mon 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 227
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