1 November 1996

Colostrum test kit could lift survival

CALF survival rates could be improved if research to develop a rapid colostrum immunity test kit lives up to expectations.

Ulster vet Ernest Logan has won a Smart award, funded by the DTI, to develop such a test. "Over 50% of calves have insufficient immunity within the first 24 hours of their lives," says Dr Logan.

"Farmers will be able to detect this in five to 10 minutes using my test kit and will be able to treat the calf immediately." &#42