The Esophageal Feeder – a life-saving tool for calves

The Esophageal Feeder – a life-saving tool for calves

Dr. Michelle Arnold

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"Failure of passive transfer" of immunity (also called "FPT") occurs when a calf fails to absorb an adequate quantity and quality of immunoglobulin prior to closure of the intestine that occurs at approximately 24 hours after birth. FPT has been linked with increased calf morbidity (sickness), mortality (death), and a reduction in calf growth rate and feed efficiency.

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