Ruminal fluid inoculation of calves 

Patent No. 6,296,879

Issued: October 2, 2001

Inventors: Muscato; Thomas V. (Candor, NY); Russell; James B. (Ithaca, NY) 

Assignee: Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. (Ithaca, NY); The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Agriculture (Washington, DC) 

 A method to improve the health and growth of suckling dairy calves on dairy farms includes supplementing calves' diets with a ruminal fluid preparation obtained from the rumen of a cow. This supplement provides the calves with the protection needed to develop faster and healthier. It also leads to a decreased incidence of scours in the treated calves. 

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