Besides delivering antibodies to the calf, colostrum also provides vitamins
Colostrum contains eight to ten times more fat-soluble vitamins than whole milk, primarily due to its high fat content. Besides delivering necessary antibodies, colostrum delivers fat-soluble vitamins. Colostrum replacement products typically do not contain the same form of vitamin E that is found in colostrum, enforcing the need for injecting the calf that is colostrum deprived and supplement the milk with the same form of vitamin E found in colostrum.
Pasteurized milk needs to be supplemented with fat-soluble vitamins
Approximately 50% of the vitamin E is lost during milk pasteurization. Milk-fed calves can benefit from EMCELLE MILKADE® a supplement that provides vitamins A, D and E, while replacer calves can benefit from EMCELLE® TOCOPHEROL. Both contain the same form of vitamin E found in colostrum. The liquid is processed to enhance vitamin absorption.
Selenium injectable products do not provide adequate vitamin E
Although selenium-vitamin E injectable products are good sources of selenium, they are not a good source of vitamin E. Each mL of either product contain only 68 I.U. vitamin E per mL. The level and form of vitamin E do not enhance vitamin E activity in the calf nearly as well as VITAL E-Newborn that contains 500 I.U. vitamin E per mL.
Serum analysis is an excellent method to determine if your calves are receiving adequate fat-soluble vitamins
This is a quick method to determine if your calves are deficient of these important vitamins. Your veterinarian can assist you in measuring your calves’ vitamin status.
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