- Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:00AM
High production dairy operations challenge a cow’s ability to maintain proper calcium blood levels during a critical post-partum stage of lactation. During this time, her metabolism needs to adjust to the increase in calcium demand. Clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia may result in the increased incidence of conditions such as: retained placenta, displaced abomasum, ketosis and reduced milk yield. Routine administration of calcium boluses at freshening has been shown to reduce the incidence of these post-partum issues. It is very important that the calcium bolus contains a rapidly absorbed calcium and has a protective outer coating that allows for easy swallowing and prevents esophageal irritation. In this presentation, we compare our Cal -Boost to other calcium boluses in the marketplace. All calcium boluses are not created equal. Ask your veterinarian to confirm that the calcium bolus you are using is effective and safe.