Thursday, January 21, 2016

Using Refractometers for a Calf Operation

Good short article on using refractometers for a calf operation appears in the January 19, 2016 issue of Progressive Dairyman (pages 35-37) [available online at, click on magazine and follow prompts. 

Andy Beckel does a good job of summarizing these topics:
  • Uses for a calf operation
  • Choose the right tool
  • Set your protocols
  • Clean, clean, clean
  • Calibrate
  • Act on the results
His table comparing three different kinds of refractometers is easy to read and helpful in comparing
  1. cost
  2. accuracy
  3. temperature self-adjusting
  4. method
  5. ease of cleaning
  6. advantages
  7. disadvantages.


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