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Failure of passive transfer of colostral immunity in the foal: incidence, and the effect of stud management and plasma transfusions
  1. SJ Stoneham,
  2. NJ Digby and
  3. SW Ricketts
  1. Beaufort Cottage Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk.

Abstract

The importance of colostrum for the passive transfer of maternal immunity to foals is well recognised. This survey reports the incidence of the failure of passive transfer of colostral immunity in thoroughbred foals in the United Kingdom during 1988 to 1990, and the effect of plasma transfusions on IgG levels in a group of them. The incidence of disease in these foals first month of life is also recorded.

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