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Cholesterol deficiency
Blood cholesterol concentrations in dairy calves
  1. Arthur Otter1 and
  2. Gareth Hateley2
  1. APHA Shrewsbury, Kendal Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4HD
  2. APHA Lasswade, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  1. e-mail: arthur.otter{at}

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CHOLESTEROL deficiency (CD) was recently reported in Holstein calves by Dutch and German workers (Kipp and others 2015). CD affects calves which are homozygous for a particular genetic defect, while heterozygous animals ‘carry’ the trait. A key feature of this condition, as the name implies, is the inability to maintain an adequate blood cholesterol concentration. Affected calves have been reported to exhibit chronic diarrhoea and poor thrift and die despite symptomatic treatment (Kipp and others 2015).

A blood sample from a Holstein calf subsequently confirmed …

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