Management Factors Related to Salmonella Shedding by Dairy Heifers

W. C. Losinger, S. J. Wells, L. P. Garber, H. S. Hurd, L. A. Thomas

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In a national survey of dairy operations with ≥30 milking cows, fecal samples from 6861 preweaned dairy heifer calves on 1063 operations were tested for Salmonella. One hundred forty-five (2.1%) of the fecal samples from 79 (7.4%) of the farms tested positive for Salmonella. A multivariate logistic regression model revealed that medicated milk replacer and hay fed to dairy heifers from 24 h of age until weaning were associated with a reduced risk of Salmonella shedding, as was calving in an individual animal area within a building.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2464-2472
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1995


  • Salmonella sp.
  • dairy calves
  • risk factors

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