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Calf House Ammonia Test Strips |  Elite Magazine

Calf House Ammonia Test Strips | Elite Magazine

Test strips are coated with special chemicals that react with ammonia. The 2- to 3-centimeter strip is first slightly moistened (eg with a few drops of calf whisker) and then placed at the height of the calves' head. It is important to measure in the calves' resting area and not near the feed fence. The result is available after about 15 seconds. A value greater than 4 to 5 ppm should be viewed critically.

Test strips used – this is how they work:

Test strips are coated with special chemicals that react with ammonia. The 2- to 3-centimeter strip is first slightly moistened (eg with a few drops of calf whisker) and then placed at the height of the calves' head. It is important to measure in the calves' resting area and not near the feed fence. The result is available after about 15 seconds. A value greater than 4 to 5 ppm should be viewed critically.

Test strips used – this is how they work:

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Preventative measurements

Monitoring ammonia levels is critical because high ammonia levels can cause health problems in calves, such as respiratory infections. Ammonia can also damage the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose.

If ammonia test strips show a high concentration of ammonia, this is a warning sign. Very high ammonia levels can indicate inadequate ventilation, poor hygiene practices, or excessive accumulation of calf urine. In such cases, measures should be taken to improve air quality. Improving ventilation, increasing bedding quality and improving stable hygiene can help ensure the health and well-being of calves.

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