Fecal microbiota dynamics and its relationship to diarrhea and health in dairy calves

Hongwei Chen, Yalu Liu, Kailang Huang, Bin Yang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Zhongtang Yu & Jiakun Wang
Abstract Background Diarrhea is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in young calves, resulting in considerable economic loss for dairy farms. To determine if some gut microbes might have resistance to dysbiotic process with calf diarrhea by dictating the microbial co-occurrence patterns from birth to post-weaning, we examined the dynamic development of the gut microbiota and diarrhea status using two animal trials, with the first trial having 14 Holstein dairy calves whose fecal samples...
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