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IMPACT Colostrum Supplement - 250gm
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IMPACT is a colostrum supplement to aid the immune function of newborn mammals and marsupial joeys
Immunoglobulin (min) 80g/kg
Lactoperoxidase 50,000 IU/kg
Metabolizable Energy (ME) 16MJ/kg
Impact contains dried bovine colostrum with added lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase. Feed to newborn mammals as a colostrum replacer or to marsupial joeys as a milk supplement.
Colostrum is the first milk produced after birth and contains high levels of immunoglobulins . These are proteins that protect against harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria & viruses. Newborns that don’t receive adequate colostrum have a weakened immune system and increased risk of disease & mortality . Colostrum also contains antibacterial proteins such as lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase which help protect the gut by inhibiting the growth of intestinal pathogens . In most species colostrum is only produced for a few days following birth. After this time intestinal closure prevents absorption of immunoglobulins into the bloodstream . This occurs within about 24 hours in cows, horses, cat & dogs, but may be longer for other species. The presence of milk in the gut can hasten intestinal closure, so we recommend allowing at least 12 hours before feeding milk replacer to maximize colostrum absorption.
Is bovine colostrum suitable for other species?
Bovine colostrum has been demonstrated as effective against many common pathogens that affect newborn animals (eg rotavirus, E. coli, which can cause acute diarrhea). Studies show the efficacy of bovine colostrum in species as diverse as dogs, cats, horses, sheep, pigs, camels, mice & ferrets . There are no reported side effects or drug interactions, making it a safe and useful nutritional supplement.
Is dried colostrum effective?
It has been demonstrated that spray-drying produces a colostrum powder in which immunoglobulin quantity and function are preserved. When fed reconstituted colostrum powder as their sole source of immunoglobulins, newborn calves achieved normal blood levels of immunoglobulins.
Can colostrum be used for older animals?
Although there is no longer absorption into the bloodstream, colostrum still has a local benefit to the gut of older animals. Dietary supplementation with bovine colostrum showed improved immune response and gut function in weaned dogs and rabbits . Effective dose rates are around 0.5g/kg BW/day.
Immunity in Marsupials
Marsupials produce immunoglobulins in their milk for an extended period of time and the young can absorb these up until pouch emergence . Evidence suggests that there are low levels of immunoglobulins in the milk for much of lactation, with a spike just before initial pouch emergence . This protects the young when they leave the pouch and are exposed to new pathogens in the external environment. When a young joey is orphaned, immunity derived from the mother’s milk can deplete significantly after 7 days and may be virtually absent by 4-6 weeks . This loss of immune function may be a contributing factor to disease in hand-reared joeys, and provides a sound basis for the use of Impact Colostrum Supplement for orphaned marsupials
Contains colostrum powder, a rich source of immunoglobulin which may assist with immunity
Added lactoferrin & lactoperoxidase which may provide antibacterial activity and intestinal protection
Contains mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) which may assist the growth of beneficial gut flora
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