[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: As a transplacental transfer of immunoglobulins is not possible, it is of vital importance for calves and piglets to get maternal antibodies via colostrum as soon as possible after birth. In case of insufficient quantity or quality of the colostrum or as additional prophylaxis, immunoglobulins from the egg are available, which support the young animal immunologically. They mainly act in the gut, where they prevent pathogens from binding to the cells of the intestinal wall. A trial conducted in Poland showed significant increase of leukocytes, lymphocytes and monocytes in piglets, which were fed with an egg powder containing product. Furthermore the values of CD4-positve, CD8-positive and CD4-CD8-double positive T-cells were higher, which indicates a stimulation of the acquired, specific immunity. In a trial in Germany, incidence of diarrhoea decreased and daily gains increased due to the application of an egg powder product.
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