Journal article

EFFECT OF TREATMENT OF DAIRY-COWS WITH SLOW-RELEASE BOVINE SOMATOTROPIN DURING THE PERIPARTURIENT PERIOD ON MINERALS IN PLASMA AND MILK AND ON PARATHYROID HORMONE-RELATED PROTEIN IN MILK

FMK LAW, DD LEAVER, TJ MARTIN, K SELLECK, IJ CLARKE, PJ MOATE

JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE | AMER DAIRY SCIENCE ASSN | Published : 1994

Abstract

Slow-release bST was given to dairy cows as a single injection prior to calving to determine whether such treatment prevented parturient hypocalcemia or modified the concentrations of Ca and parathyroid hormone-related protein in milk during the periparturient period. Cows were treated about 1 wk prepartum, and serial blood and milk samples were taken from these and similar prepartum control cows over a 3-wk period. Plasma growth hormone concentrations in the bST-treated group reached a peak 2 d after administration and then declined linearly to control concentrations over a 14-d period. Plasma Ca was unaffected by bST treatment 1 d prior to parturition, on the day of parturition, and at 1 a..

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