Hypocalcemia: Not All Calcium Boluses are Created Equal! 

High production dairy operations challenge a cow’s ability to maintain proper calcium blood levels during a critical post-partum stage of lactation. During this time, her metabolism needs to adjust to the increase in calcium demand. Clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia may result in the increased incidence of conditions such as: retained placenta, displaced abomasum, ketosis and reduced milk yield. Routine administration of calcium boluses at freshening has been shown to reduce the incidence of these post-partum issues. It is very important that the calcium bolus contains a rapidly absorbed calcium and has a protective outer coating that allows for easy swallowing and prevents esophageal irritation. In this presentation, we compare our Cal -Boost to other calcium boluses in the marketplace. All calcium boluses are not created equal. Ask your veterinarian to confirm that the calcium bolus you are using is effective and safe.

Sjoert graduated from the University of Utrecht and has been a veterinarian for almost 40 years. His main professional interests are dairy preventative medicine, on farm dairy research and udder health. He has an MBA in agriculture and is certified in Dairy Herd Management. After leaving veterinary practice he has worked for global animal health companies including a seven-year stint in the USA. He returned to Canada 4 years ago and is now consulting for a few companies including Solvet Animal Health in Calgary.

January 6, 2022, 9:00:00 p.m.

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