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Response to “Letter to the Editor: Regarding the article ‘Comparison of milk replacer composition and effects on growth and health of preruminant lambs, and health-associated costs of artificial rearing,’ by McCoard et al. (2021)”

      We thank the author of the Letter to the Editor, N. D. Chrystal, for taking the time to comment on our recent publication, “Comparison of milk replacer composition and effects on growth and health of preruminant lambs, and health-associated costs of artificial rearing” (
      • McCoard S.A.
      • Hea S.-Y.
      • Karatiana D.
      • Triggs J.
      • Macdonald T.
      Comparison of milk replacer composition and effects on growth and health of preruminant lambs, and health-associated costs of artificial rearing..
      ). The author has raised a number of concerns regarding our study (
      • Chrystal N.D.
      Letter to the Editor: Regarding the article “Comparison of milk replacer composition and effects on growth and health of preruminant lambs, and health-associated costs of artificial rearing,” by McCoard et al. (2021)..
      ). It appears that the author has misinterpreted the objectives of the study and thus the experimental approach, as well as the conclusions reached. We hope that our responses below provide some clarification and address the concerns that have been raised.
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      LITERATURE CITED

        • Chrystal N.D.
        Letter to the Editor: Regarding the article “Comparison of milk replacer composition and effects on growth and health of preruminant lambs, and health-associated costs of artificial rearing,” by McCoard et al. (2021)..
        10.15232/aas.2021-02246
        Appl. Anim. Sci. 2022; : 79-81
        • McCoard S.A.
        • Hea S.-Y.
        • Karatiana D.
        • Triggs J.
        • Macdonald T.
        Comparison of milk replacer composition and effects on growth and health of preruminant lambs, and health-associated costs of artificial rearing..
        https://doi.org/10.15232/aas.2020-02093
        Appl. Anim. Sci. 2021; 37: 176-185