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Colostrum Testing

Calf Hero Lori B., 225 cows, Boyceville, WI

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Cabin Hill Dairy is a family owned dairy that has been in business for 24 years. After speaking with Lori regarding the farm’s previous protocol for their feeding system of newborn calves, she described that the ColoQuick Colostrum Management System that they own now is much handier then what they did before and much neater.…
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Choosing Between Optical and Digital Refractometer

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Digital Dip Style Refractometer: How to use Digital Dip Style Refractometer: Dip refractometer into liquid, press start and read results within 3 seconds. Review of Digital Dip Style Refractometer: This is the newest and simplest way that allows for technology, design and user interface to excel to the highest level.  The digital display is easy…
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Testing Calf Milk and Milk Solids with Refractometer

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Refractometer is a multi-functional tool, which allows dairy farmers and calf-care personnel to test three areas of calf rearing: Quality of Colostrum to determine whether the immunity content is sufficient for first feeding – perhaps the most common use of a refractometer. Test each collection for content of IgG. Blood Serum Total Protein (BSTP) o determines if the…
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Are milk and colostrum even related? (Golden Calf for Progressive Dairyman)

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

“That depends,” you say. “Are you talking about comparing the two liquids or whether colostrum feeding affects future production?” “Both,” I say. Comparing colostrum to milk components Colostrum is notorious for containing high levels of immunoglobulins. At 85 to 90 percent, the most prevalent one is immunoglobulin G (IgG), a large Y-shaped protein produced by…
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John, 800 cows, Modesto, CA

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

John had purchased a Digital Refractometer two years ago. When I spoke with him recently, he shared with me how excited he was to use this tool on his dairy. “It is precise, it does exactly what it is supposed to and most importantly, it is durable.” To learn more about our unique Digital Dip…
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