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  • Colostrum Refractometer

Portable Milk and Colostrum Dual-Scale Refractometer

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Use of the Brix Refractometer for Monitoring Milk Total Solids and Colostrum Quality In the past, monitoring colostrum quality on-farm has required the use of imprecise and fragile diagnostic tools (i.e., co- lostrometer). The use of Brix refractometers to estimate immunoglobulin G (IgG) concentration in maternal colostrum is now common place.

Refractometer Basics The refractometer used by calf facilities is designed to measure the Brix value of a solution. The Brix scale is used to indicate the sugar content of a solution, but this scale has been adapted for on-farm use on dairies. Here are some examples of refractometers that are appropriate for dairies:
Colostrum Quality Colostral IgG concentration is the most common measure of colostrum quality. IgG concentration can vary considerably from camelid to camelid, and ideally, colostrum should be tested for quality to avoid feeding poor quality colostrum. A colostrometer can be used to screen for and segregate low quality colostrum but results can be inaccurate due to colostrum temperature. In addition, the colostrometer itself is not very durable. A Brix refractometer offers significant advantages over a colostrometer because instrument accuracy does not appear to be affected by sample temperature.

£66.00 (inc VAT) £55.00 (exc VAT)

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