What should be our goal for level of bacteria in pasteurized waste milk for preweaned dairy calves? Zero? 100,000 cfu/ml?
In his presentation, "Calf Raising - A Systematic Approach to Health," Dr. Simon Peek (Univ. Wisc. School of Vet. Med.) listed several goals for bacterial quality control.
These goals are:
| Sample Type
||Total Bacterial Count||Total Coliform Count||Total E. coli Count|
|Waste Milk Milk Replacer||<10,000||<1,000|| 0
In my consulting practice I use somewhat more conservative goals that I have identified as associated with superior calf health.