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Colostrum Evaluation & Passive Transfer in Goats

Colostrum feeding is the single most important event in promoting health and survival of the newborn kid. Recent work documenting goat colostrum assessment for antibody level and transfer to the kid will be discussed. Criteria for assessing colostrum and passive transfer on your farm will be provided.

Robert Van Saun received his DVM degree from Michigan State University in 1982. He practiced in northern New York in a predominately dairy practice prior to returning to Michigan State to complete a MS degree in nutrition (1988) and a residency in theriogenology (reproduction). Dr. Van Saun completed a PhD program in ruminant nutrition from Cornell University (1993). He is board certified diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition). Dr. Van Saun was on faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine Oregon State University from (1992-2000) and worked with the dairy and small ruminant (sheep, goats, camelids) industries in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Van Saun has completed research projects dealing with vitamin D, hepatic lipidosis, and trace mineral nutrition in small ruminants. Dr. Van Saun joined the Penn State faculty in 2000 as an extension veterinarian. Robert provides extension programs across species on various nutrition, animal health and reproductive topics regionally, nationally and internationally. He is responsible for teaching courses on parasitology and pathology of nutritional diseases. His research interests include the role of nutrition in animal health and performance, especially pregnancy nutrition, and improving diagnostic tests to evaluate nutritional status.

January 6, 2023 at 3:00:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

No CEU Credits will be available for this presentation.

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