n Red Meat / Rooivleis - Optimising the immune system – a valuable hidden resource - production

Volume 10 Number 6
  • ISSN : 2078-7936


Interactions between the immune system and normal organ function are closely linked. When an infection or immune challenge arises, the animal’s body adjusts to ensure the immune system has what it needs. The same systems work together for development, growth, production, fertility, and health throughout the animal’s life. The immune system must react and work fast when necessary, so that the productive function of the animal is not impaired. Death is not the only economic cost associated with health issues. When animals are faced with an immune challenge (disease or stress), it can lead to increased metabolic activity, reduced nutrient availability, altered priorities for nutrient utilisation, increased turnover rates in the immune system, damage to tissue, and a so-called genetic loss to offspring.

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