The importance of fresh whole colostrum for the young animal has long been recognized. Because of its content of antibodies and other possible immune-producing substances, colostrum enhances the young's growth performance and frequently aids in preventing some or much mortality. With the possible unavailability of antibiotics (that have been in use for over 35 years to enhance growth and survivability of turkey poults especially) other substances are being considered for their replacements. As examples, high levels of copper salts (providing upwards of 100 ppm copper) and several probiotics have been evaluated for this purpose. Dried colostrum is perhaps the latest additive to be so tested.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Kashani, Ali B. and Carlson, C. Wendell, "Dried Colostrum For Growing Turkeys" (1985). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 5.