Congenital facial deformities, ascites and hepatic fibrosis in Romagnola calves

Testoni, S.; Militerno, G.; Rossi, M.; Gentile, A.
May 2009
Veterinary Record: Journal of the British Veterinary Association;5/30/2009, Vol. 164 Issue 22, p693
Academic Journal
The article discusses the findings of a series of punch calf cases in 23 Romagnola cattle examined between February 2003 and March 2007. Punch calf is a complex malformation characterized by facial deformities, enlarged fluid-filled abdomen, and hepatic fibrosis. The calves' genealogical evaluation showed common ancestors and inbreeding loops, which suggest a genetic etiology with convincing evidence that a single autosomal locus acting in a recessive manner regulated the defect.


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