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rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)

Pronunciation:  ar-gE-bE-Ach
Definition :Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone is a genetically engineered copy of a naturally occurring hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto Company, the drug is sold to dairy farmers under the name POSILAC. Also referred to as BGH, rBGH, BST and rBST.
Facts: RBGH increases milk production in cows.

Cows must receive a shot containing rBGH every two weeks in order to keep milk production up.

Many cows who receive rBGH experience infections and ulcers in their udders. Antibiotics are used to treat these infections and can be passed along in the milk.

Related Terms:human growth hormone