Advances in Animal Science, Theriogenology, Genetics and Breeding

Bovine colostrum A veterinary nutraceutical


N. N. Pandey, A. A. Dar*, D. B. Mondal and L. Nagaraja

Colostrum is the lacteal secretion produced after parturition and plays an important role in post-natal health as an immune booster. In addition to nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, bovine colostrum contains several biologically active molecules that are essential for specific functions. Bioactive components like growth factors promote the growth and development of the newborn while antimicrobial factors provide passive immunity and protection against infections during the first weeks of life. It has been proven as an effective nutraceutical for the enhancement of immune function in a diverse range of animal species. No side effects or drug interactions have been reported with high quality colostrum supplementation, making it an exceptionally safe and useful nutraceutical product.


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