Successful Passive Transfer of Immunity
I thought you might like to see what a well-organized colostrum management program can accomplish on a commercial Holstein dairy herd. Here are the blood serum total protein numbers.
Note on Blood Serum Total Protein Values:
Current visit January October
Number of reported values = 147 138 114
Number of values at 4.5 or below = 4 2 1
Number of values at 5.0 or below = 6 7 2
Number of values below 5.5 = 19 9 6
Average = 6.1 6.3 6.4
Median = 6.1 6.3 6.4
Four quarts of colostrum (greater than 50g/L - green on Colostrometer, 22 on Brix refractometer) within the first hour followed by two more quarts 12-16 hours later.
The four very low values below 4.5 were traced back to one employee who is no longer responsible for feeding newborn calves.