Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association



Description of a novel fatigue syndrome of finished feedlot cattle following transportation


Daniel U. Thomson, PhD, DVM Guy H. Loneragan, BVSc, PhD Jamie N. Henningson, DVM, PhD Steve Ensley, DVM, PhD Bhupinder Bawa, BVSc, PhD

Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas Condition College, Manhattan, KS 66506. (Thomson) Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Farming Sciences and Natural Assets, Texas Tech College, Lubbock, Texas 79409. (Loneragan) Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas Condition College, Manhattan, KS 66506. (Henningson, Bawa) Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa Condition College, Ames, IA 50011. (Ensley)

Based on the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas Condition College.

The authors disclose their activities within the report were carried out in their institutional employment. Additionally, Dr. Loneragan has recognized talking to costs from Elanco Animal Health, Intervet/Schering Plough (now referred to as Merck Animal Health) and Zoetis has gotten honoraria and compensated travel expenses from Elanco Animal Health insurance and Zoetis and it has offered like a coauthor with, and graduate consultant of, Elanco Animal Health personnel.

Making certain appropriate animal welfare is really a high priority for that beef industry, and poorly defined irregularities within the mobility of cattle at abattoirs have acquired considerable attention lately. Throughout the summer time of 2013, abattoirs through the U . s . States reported concerns about nonambulatory or slow and hard to maneuver cattle and cattle that sloughed hoof walls. This report describes various cattle that developed these mobility problems right after arrival in an abattoir. Affected cattle had various clinical signs including tachypnea by having an abdominal aspect of breathing, lameness, and desire not to move. Some cattle sloughed 1 or even more hoof walls during lairage pens and were put to sleep. Other cattle retrieved after being rested overnight. Affected cattle had serum lactate concentration and creatine kinase activity elevated from reference ranges. Histologic findings incorporated diffuse necrosis from the skin laminae with degenerate bovine collagen and perivascular infiltration of neutrophils within the underlying deep skin, and were similar for numbers which had coupled with not sloughed the hoof wall. Except for the sloughed hoof walls, the clinical signs and serum biochemical irregularities noticed in affected cattle were much like individuals noticed in pigs with...


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