Keep Vets Informed of Downers

Wragg, Simon
April 2003
Farmers Weekly;4/11/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 14, p40
Trade Publication
Farmers should alert veterinarians to the incidence of downer cows, where cattle are unable to stand in the immediate post-calving period because early diagnosis can be beneficial. Veterinarian Jonathan Harwood told conference delegates that too often veterinarians were notified of downer cows well after the symptoms had first been seen on-farm. The disease's symptoms suggest it can be caused by a combination of many factors, not least metabolic disorders immediately after calving such as hypocalcemia and ketosis. Other factors could play a part, including toxic conditions, such as acute coliform mastitis, muscle or skeletal damage inflicted by falls, knocks or riding by other stock.


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