Journal article

Biochemistry and hematology reference intervals for neonatal dairy calves aged 5-12 days

Natalie W Roadknight, Natalie F Courtman, Peter D Mansell, Ellen C Jongman, Ziyang A Loh, Andrew D Fisher

Veterinary Clinical Pathology | WILEY | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Comprehensive hematology and biochemistry RIs are currently lacking in the literature for young dairy calves based on sample sizes more than 120. Young dairy calves are at a relatively high risk of poor health and welfare outcomes. They have a high risk of morbidity and mortality in the first 2 weeks of life, and many are transported and fasted during this time. For example, non-replacement calves in Australia and New Zealand are usually 5-12 days old when transported to abattoirs, meaning that calves of this age group are potentially at risk of both health and welfare compromise. Given these factors, sound, comprehensive, age-specific biochemical and hematologic RIs are needed f..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Meat and Livestock Australia, Lactalis Australia, an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, and a Meat and Livestock Australia Postgraduate Scholarship/Study Award. Funding bodies made no contribution to study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, writing, or publication of this article.