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Effect of dietary copper source on response to coliform mastitis in dairy cows
  Posted on Fri 03 Feb 2012 by vacaresources (508 reads)
Effect of dietary copper source on response to coliform mastitis in dairy cows

The effect of organic or inorganic dietary Cu on Escherichia coli mastitis was investigated in first-lactation heifers. Twenty-eight primigravid Holstein heifers were assigned to 3 treatments in a completely randomized block design with 10 blocks of 3 animals grouped by expected calving date. Treatments were as follows: basal diet [7.1mg Cu/kg of dry matter (DM); CON] and diets supplemented with Cu (10mg/kg of DM) as Cu sulfate (CUS) or as Cu proteinate (CUP). Treatments were fed individually from 60 d prepartum through 49 d of lactation. All heifers were marginally deficient at the onset of the experiment (liver Cu of 60mg/kg) and did not differ between groups. Mean liver Cu concentrations were about 3-fold greater in CUS and CUP compared with CON at d 0, 21, and 42 of lactation. At d 34 postpartum, one pathogen-free quarter per cow was infused with Escherichia coli strain 727. Copper supplementation did not lower peak responses to challenge; however, CUP tended to offer some benefits: milk bacterial count with CUP was lower compared with CON at 24, 48, and 72h and lower than CUS at 24 and 96h, and postchallenge milk production tended to be greater for CUP. Clinical udder score was lower at 12h for CUP and CUS compared with CON, and at 144h CUP had lower clinical scores compared with CUS or CON. Somatic cell count, dry matter intake, plasma Cu, and plasma ceruloplasmin did not differ between treatments. Compared with the control diet or Cu sulfate supplement, supplementation with Cu proteinate tended to improve the clinical status of cows after live E. coli intramammary challenge.
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