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dc.contributor.authorKraft, Michelle Jeanette
dc.description.abstractEighty Holstein calves were used in a 56 day trial to determine the effect of including Lactobacillus acidophilus, LA 51, in milk replacer at increasing concentrations (control, 5 x 104, 5 x 106, and 5 x 108 cfu LA 51) on their overall health and growth rate. Intake of milk replacer and calf starter was similar for all treatments, but the control and 5 x 108 LA 51 groups tended to have higher starter intake than the other two treatments, both before and after weaning. Total body weight and average daily gain were higher (P<0.08) for the control and 5 x 108 LA 51 than the other two treatments. Excluding the control, a positive linear relationship was observed for all variables with increasing LA 51 at the end of six weeks. No differences were observed for incidence of scours or respiratory illness among the treatments. Results of this trial demonstrate that supplementation of 5 x 108 LA 51 has the potential to support higher rates of gain, which persist after weaning and supplementation ceases.
dc.subjectLactobacillus acidophilus
dc.subjectMilk Replacer
dc.subjectBody Weight Gain
dc.subjectMicrobial Inoculant
dc.titleEffect of supplemental Lactobacillus acidophilus on the growth and performance of dairy calves
dc.description.departmentAnimal and Dairy Science
dc.description.majorAnimal Science
dc.description.advisorJohn Bernard
dc.description.committeeJohn Bernard
dc.description.committeeMark Froetschel
dc.description.committeeJoe West

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