Updating Blood Serum Total Protein Standards
I have been considering raising the standards for blood serum total protein levels published on the www.atticacows.com website.
As of the March 25, 2013 issue of Hoard's Dairyman column by Sheila McGuirk I just better get on the stick and make those changes. (page 226). It's past time to raise the bar.
Dr. McGuirk's column says this:
"If at least 80 percent of the tested calves have an STP that is equal or greater than 5.5gm/dl, or 90 percent of the calves are equal or greater than 5.2gm/dl, the herd's colostrum program is good."
There we are. So far as I am concerned that's the standard for "Good" colostrum programs.