W. J. McCaughey

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A comprehensive database was established on the milk production and reproductive performance of dairy cows in 19 selected herds in Northern Ireland, varying in size, management system and genetic merit. Data were obtained for 2471 cows, 1775 of which calved in a second year, and 693 were culled from the herd for specific reasons. The estimated mean rate of(More)
Lasalocid is a coccidiostat licensed for use in poultry, but not for use in egg-laying birds. Lasalocid residues were determined in an egg sample from each of 161 egg producers in Northern Ireland using liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, following reports from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate concerning the incidence of(More)
Reports of the illegal use of clenbuterol as a growth promotant prompted the development of a competitive enzyme immunoassay for this drug. This procedure was utilized to study the elimination of clenbuterol from tissues in sheep medicated with both therapeutic and growth-promoting doses of the drug. The results indicated that prior to removal of medication(More)
A temporal study of the biliary elimination of endogenous 19-nortestosterone during two successive pregnancies was made in three cows with cannulated gall bladders. Bile samples were analysed for 17 beta-19-nortestosterone (beta-NT) and the 17 alpha-epimer (alpha-NT) by using high resolution gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy. No beta-NT was detected(More)
The objective of the present study was to investigate the potential of the urea dilution technique, coupled with live animal measures to predict the body components of dairy cattle. The study involved 104 lactating Holstein-Friesian cows offered grass silage-based diets. Urea space volume (USV) was calculated from 2 collection periods of blood samples(More)
A study was carried out on 397 feedingstuffs and 11 premixes on which 161 (39.5%) were declared free of medication and 247 (60.5%) were medicated. These were subjected to analysis for the presence of antibiotics. Of the 247 medicated feeds 87 (35.2%) contained undeclared antimicrobials of which 59 (23.9%) were at a concentration sufficient to allow(More)
The pregnancies of 13 ewes which were inoculated intrauterine with one of two strains of ovine ureaplasmas resulted in 9 normal and 3 abnormal births, and one ewe was found to be no longer pregnant on postmortem examination. Vaginal ureaplasma infection was detected in the majority of ewes only after lambing. Of the 12 ewes examined at postmortem,(More)