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Oral Calcium Supplementation in Peripartum Dairy Cows
- Oetzel, Garrett R.
- The veterinary clinics of North America 2013 v.29 no.2 pp. 447-455
- calcium, dairy cows, economic impact, milk fever, parturition
- Hypocalcemia in dairy cattle around parturition can be manifest as clinical milk fever or subclinical hypocalcemia. Subclinical hypocalcemia has the greatest economic effect because it affects a much higher proportion of cows. Oral calcium supplements are used to mitigate the effects of both forms of hypocalcemia. Oral calcium supplements are appropriate for cows displaying early clinical signs of hypocalcemia and prophylactically to lessen the negative impacts of hypocalcemia.