Bacteria go through 4 distinct growth phases. Colostrum management procedures that account for bacterial growth phases can reduce pathogen loads. Use this information to reduce health risks for newborn calves.
Letting Biology Work for You:
It is always easier to achieve a goal when working with rather than against biology. By taking advantage of important characteristics of bacterial growth, we can better achieve our goal of feeding clean colostrum. Bacteria when added to a medium go through predictable phases of growth:
Let biology work for you
Take advantage of the "lag phase." Remember this is the time between collecting colostrum and when the bacteria are ready to start their rapid growth phase. Under average on-farm conditions, this "lag phase" probably is about one-half hour. However, good management can make this phase last longer. That means we end up feeding cleaner colostrum.
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