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Economics of feeding pasteurized colostrum and pasteurized waste milk to dairy calves.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8756874     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the marginal contribution of pasteurization of waste milk and colostrum to gross margin per calf at weaning and to estimate the minimum number of cattle on a dairy farm for pasteurization to be profitable. DESIGN: Randomized, controlled, clinical trial. ANIMALS: 300 Holstein calves. PROCEDURE: The performance of calves fed pasteurized colostrum and waste milk was compared with the performance of calves fed nonpasteurized colostrum and waste milk. Costs, revenues, and gross margins for the 2 groups were compared. RESULTS: Calves fed pasteurized colostrum and waste milk were worth an extra $8.13 in gross margin/calf, compared with calves fed nonpasteurized colostrum and waste milk. The minimum number of cattle for which feeding pasteurized colostrum and waste milk was calculated to be economically feasible was 315 calves/d (1,260-cow dairy farm). CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: An economic benefit was associated with feeding pasteurized colostrum and waste milk. Additional benefits that may accrue include higher mean weight gain and lower mortality rate of calves as well as calves that have fewer days in which they are affected with diarrhea and pneumonia.
A A Jamaluddin; T E Carpenter; D W Hird; M C Thurmond
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association     Volume:  209     ISSN:  0003-1488     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc.     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-31     Completed Date:  1996-12-31     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503067     Medline TA:  J Am Vet Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  751-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis 95616, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed / economics*,  standards
Cattle Diseases / mortality,  prevention & control*
Costs and Cost Analysis
Dairying / economics
Diarrhea / prevention & control,  veterinary
Disinfection / economics*
Health Care Costs
Milk / standards*
Pneumonia / prevention & control,  veterinary

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