Ante-natal and post-natal influences on neonatal immunity and growth of dairy calves – a review

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dc.contributor.author Cardoso, C.L. (Claudia)
dc.contributor.author King, Ailbhe
dc.contributor.author Chapwanya, Aspinas
dc.contributor.author Esposito, Giulia
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-15T07:58:26Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-15T07:58:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description.abstract Calf immunity, growth and puberty are important factors affecting heifer productivity. The first four weeks of age are critical for reducing calf morbidity and mortality. It is well documented that colostrum is paramount to neonatal nutrition and passive immunity, however, adaptation to extra-uterine life starts early during embryonic development. Therefore, successful calf rearing strategies are underpinned by adequate maternal nutrition during gestation, and good colostrum management. A deeper understanding of these interactions paves the way for developing strategies to improve immune responses to environmental pathogens, optimal growth and timely attainment of puberty in calves. The literature reviewed here shows that there are opportunities to enhance the future performance of cattle paying attention to the interaction of nutrition and immunity at each developmental stage. Therefore, the objective of this review is to give the reader an overview of interactions between immunity, growth and puberty in dairy calves and highlight how these influence future performances. en_ZA
dc.description.department Production Animal Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.mdpi.com/journal/animals en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Cardoso, C.L.; King, A.; Chapwanya, A.; Esposito, G. Ante-Natal and Post-Natal Influences on Neonatal Immunity, Growth and Puberty of Calves—A Review. Animals 2021, 11, 1212. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11051212. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2076-2615 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.3390/ani11051212
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/80318
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher MDPI en_ZA
dc.rights © This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Calf immunology en_ZA
dc.subject Colostrum en_ZA
dc.subject Dam-foetus interaction en_ZA
dc.subject Growth en_ZA
dc.subject Gut health en_ZA
dc.subject Puberty en_ZA
dc.subject.other Veterinary science articles SDG-1 en_ZA
dc.title Ante-natal and post-natal influences on neonatal immunity and growth of dairy calves – a review en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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