Effect of suckling cow's milk or milk replacer on abomasal luminal pH in dairy calves

  • Constable P
  • Ahmed A
  • Misk N
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Abstract

Abomasal ulceration occurs commonly in suckling calves, and the cause for the high prevalence of abomasal ulceration is unknown. We hypothesized that diet may play a role in the etiopathogenesis of abomasal ulceration. Six male dairy calves with an abomasal body cannula suckled fresh Holstein cow's milk, all milk-protein milk replacer. or combined milk- and soy-protein milk replacer twice daily it 12% of body weight/d. Abomasal luminal pH was measured every second for 24 hours by using a miniature glass pH electrode. Mean 24-hour abomasal luminal pH for all milk-protein milk replacer (3.22) and combined milk- and soy-protein mill, replacer (3.27) were similar but significantly (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Abomasal ulcer
  • Buffering characteristics
  • Clotting
  • Coagulation
  • Osmolality

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