Resources by Kristy Daniels

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Dairy Pipeline, September 2017 Sep 4, 2017 DASC-104NP
Dairy Pipeline, May 2016
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May 2, 2016 DASC-83NP
Should We Be Looking at More than IgG Concentration in Colostrum?
It is known that providing high quality colostrum is important for ensuring a calf receives a solid foundation for building the immune system. How we usually check colostrum quality, as well as failure of passive transfer of immunity in calves, is by measuring IgG or protein of the serum or plasma concentration (either directly or indirectly). And while IgG (antibodies) are an important component of the immune system, they are only one part of the immune system, which means there may be other aspects of colostrum that are important for calf immunity that are being ignored. For example, researchers have identified immune cells in colostrum and have looked into their ability to help the calf fight disease as well.
May 2, 2016