Fernando Díaz

It has become a common practice to feed non-saleable milk to dairy calves. Non-saleable milk accounts for 1–4% of the total milk produced in the farm and this includes milk from antibiotic-treated cows along with colostrum from fresh cows and milk containing high somatic-cell-counts.

Using pasteurized non-saleable milk for calf raising it is economically advantageous. However, it is controversial, especially due to its contamination with antibiotic residues that may increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance on ruminal and intestinal microflora.

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