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Title: 
Solid feed provision reduces fecal clostridial excretion in veal calves
Author(s): 
B. VALGAEREN, H. HANSSENS, S. ROELANDT, E. GOOSSENS, S. VERHERSTRAETEN, L. GILLE, L. VAN DRIESSCHE, F. HAESEBROUCK, R. DUCATELLE, F. VAN IMMERSEEL, P. DEPREZ, B. PARDON
Abstract: 

Enterotoxemia is characterized by a highly fatal hemorrhagic enteritis in cattle, caused byClostridium perfringens. Production systems with intensive feeding, such as the veal industry,are predisposed. The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of solid feedprovision on fecal C. perfringens excretion in veal calves. Ten Holstein Friesian bull veal calveswere randomly assigned to one of two test diets. Group 1 received solemnly milk replacer twicedaily, while group 2 received milk replacer and a maximum of 300g solid feed/day, consisting ofa mixture of 30% barley, 30% corn, 30% hulled wheat and 10% chopped straw. The number ofC. perfringens per g feces or fecal clostridial counts (FCC) were determined for all calves. MeanFCC were significantly lower in the calves fed milk replacer and solid feed, than in the calves fedsolemnly milk replacer. Although the correlation between FCC and enterotoxemia risk remainsto be determined, the provision of solid feed to veal calves reduced clostridial excretion, whichmight contribute to the prevention of this disease.

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