Theories Abound In Abomasum Studies

Wragg, Simon
April 2003
Farmers Weekly;4/11/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 14, p40
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Occurrence of displaced abomasums in dairy cows, linked to a number of factors including breed, sex, age and condition score, is becoming more common, warn veterinarians. David Barratt, of the University of Glasgow, said the industry was beset by anecdotal evidence. Among veterans there was some support for a theory that incidences were inextricably linked to rising milk yields, Barratt added. Maximizing dry matter intakes post-calving and monitoring for hypocalcemia and ketosis could assist in reducing the incidence, although breeding selection to highlight susceptible bloodlines should not be overlooked, Barratt warned.


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