Monday, December 17, 2012

There aren't bacteria in MY colostrum.

Why do we try to deny things that we don't want to believe? A national study of colostrum revealed this about "total plate counts":
  • fresh samples 33% above 100,000 cfu/ml
  • frozen samples 39%  above 100,000 cfu/ml
  • refrigerated samples 77% above 100,000 cfu/ml
Not impressed yet?
  • fresh samples 12% above 1,000,000 cfu/ml
  • frozen samples 11% above 1,000,000 cfu/ml
  • refrigerated samples 38% above 1,000,000 cfu/ml
If we feed 4 quarts of colostrum contaminated with 1,000,000 cfu/ml bacteria to a newborn calf we have just fed 3,860,000,000 bacteria in her first feeding.

Now you can see why the first two questions I ask when trouble shooting scours problems on a farm is, "When was the last time you cultured "as-fed" colostrum samples for bacteria?" and "May I see the results?"  

When was the last time you sampled "as-fed" colostrum and had it cultured for bacteria.

Go to  for a protocol for collecting colostrum samples.  
Go to for bacteria standards for colostrum.  
Go to for another summary about bacterial contamination of colostrum.   

1 comment:

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