Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 7/9/98, 11:05:00 AM.
Equine Colostrum Bank
From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Jul 9 10:56:42 1998
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 09:35:03 -0700 From: Fran Kammerer
To: email@example.com Subject: colosltrum bank
Your site on the colostrum bank is a pleasure to see. Here at Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis, we deal with Neonatal Isoerythrolysis cases on a daily basis. Distraught owners and veterinarians call from all over the country with this problem. Because we perform the serum screen for this test, we often have these owners asking us (once they get a positive diagnosis), where to get colostrum for their soon-to-be-born foals?
I don't know how familiar you are with Neonatal Isoerythrolysis, but basically it consists of a mare producing antibodies against her foal's red blood cells (somewhat similar to erthorblastosis fetalis in humans), and the only way to avoid it is not allowing the foal to nurse the colostrum from the mare. This foal needs an alternative source of colostrum.
However, this colostrum must be screened for alloantibodies against red blood cells, or you might be dealing with the same problem you had originally.
Even mares who don't have a foal with NI symptoms may be producing alloantibodies (if previously exposed to a different blood type by way of previous breedings or blood transfusions) which won't be detected if her foal has the same blood type as hers, but could harm, even kill, another mare's foal who has an incompatible blood type.
Therefore, you might consider recommending to people who do store colostrum, to separate a small amount (5-10 mls) and send it in to a laboratory for alloantibody screening.
There are a few laboratories in the U.S. which perform this test. We routinely do colostrum and serum antibody screening here at VGL, along with blood typing and crossmatching. If you have any questions regarding this test or Neonatal Isoerythrolysis, please feel free to e-mail me or call (530)752-9284.
Again, it is nice to know there is an effort being made to help horse owners who need colostrum for their foals. We will be referring our callers to your page.
Fran Kammerer firstname.lastname@example.org
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