Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2969



Summary and Implications

In the present study, 30 Holstein calves were acquired at birth and were randomly subjected to one of six treatments. One treatment group was colostrum deprived (CD) and five other treatment groups were fed colostrum replacer (CR). Of the five CR groups, one group was not further supplemented (CR), one received vitamin A (CR-A), one received vitamin D (CR-D), one received vitamin E (CR-E), and one received vitamins A, D, and E (CR-ADE). Additionally, all calves were inoculated with Mycobacterium avium, subsp. paratuberculosis on d 1 and d 3 of age. One d after birth, CD calves exhibited lower IgG1, haptoglobin, and serum amyloid A concentrations in serum compared with the other five CR groups. These findings point to an endogenous early inflammation disorder in calves that are not fed colostrum.

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Iowa State University