Understanding Nutritional Impacts on the Immune System with Dr. Barry Bradford, Michigan State

  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Duration 1h 02m 28s


This 5-part series on the immune system with Dr. Barry Bradford, from Michigan State University (recorded during his tenure at Kansas State University), shares the basics on how the immune system works and the role it plays beyond simply suppressing infection. Dr. Bradford also explains how nutrition and metabolic health plays a fundamental role in regulating the immune status of the dairy cow.

In this course you will learn:

  • Differences between B-cells, T-Helper cells, natural killer cells, and strengthen your understanding of one of the most important systems to dairy cow health and productivity.
  • Understand the underlying mechanisms across different nutrient categories and how they not only help balance the immune system, but also contribute greatly to gut and metabolic health of the animal.
  • How supporting the metabolic health of the animal through not only the diet, but outside factors as well, can help improve immunity and prevent metabolic disorders.

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5 Lessons1h 02m 28s

Understanding Nutritional Impacts on the Immune System

The Immune System: A Layman’s Introduction00:11:34
Cows Under Fire: Responding to the Immune Challenge00:08:51
How Does Nutrition Influence the Immune System?00:14:03
How Does Nutrient Metabolism Influence the Immune System?00:13:05
Immunosuppression Around Calving: Causes and Consequences00:14:55

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