Use of serum protein concentration to predict mortality in mixed-source dairy replacement heifers.

@article{Tyler1998UseOS,
  title={Use of serum protein concentration to predict mortality in mixed-source dairy replacement heifers.},
  author={Jeff W. Tyler and Dale D. Hancock and S E Wiksie and Stefan Holler and John M. Gay and C C Gay},
  journal={Journal of veterinary internal medicine},
  year={1998},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={79-83}
}
The relationship between serum protein concentration in the 1st week of life and survival to 16 weeks of age was examined in 3,479 Holstein replacement heifers over a period of 10 years on a farm with endemic salmonellosis. Thirty-four percent of calves studied had serum protein concentrations < 5.0 g/dL and 60.5% of calves had serum protein concentrations < 5.5 g/dL. Cumulative mortality was 7.9%, indicating that calves with marginal passive transfer status can be reared successfully under… CONTINUE READING