Wolfgang Heuwieser

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The primary objective of this study was to determine management practices concerning mastitis in Brandenburg, Germany, the prevalence of mastitis pathogens in dairy cows, and their resistance to selected antimicrobial agents. A further objective was to study the potential effect of parity and stage of lactation on the resistance of Staphylococcus aureus(More)
Subclinical ketosis (SCK) is defined as concentrations of β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) ≥ 1.2 to 1.4 mmol/L and it is considered a gateway condition for other metabolic and infectious disorders such as metritis, mastitis, clinical ketosis, and displaced abomasum. Reported prevalence rates range from 6.9 to 43% in the first 2 mo of lactation. However, there is a(More)
Several cytokines and prostaglandins play an important role in preparing the endometrium for implantation and mediating pro-inflammatory events. The aim of the present study was to examine mRNA expression of interleukin 1alpha (IL-1alpha), interleukin receptor antagonist (IL-1-RN), cytosolic prostaglandin E synthase (cPGES), microsomal PGES (mPGES-1 and(More)
Endometrial cells take part in embryo-maternal communication, as well as supporting the immune system in defending against invading pathogens. The aim of the present study was to examine the mRNA expression of factors that have been suggested to be involved in both events in the bovine endometrial epithelium, namely bovine granulocyte chemotactic protein 2(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and economic efficiency of a systemic treatment of toxic puerperal metritis in dairy cows with ceftiofur. Cows with abnormal vaginal discharge at a postpartum examination (d 4 to 6 after calving) and a rectal temperature > or = 39.5 degrees C were assigned to three treatment groups. Cows in group 1 (n(More)
Although taking body temperature by rectal thermometer is the method most commonly used to identify sick cows in the postpartum period, no data on the repeatability of this measure are available. The overall objective of this study was to evaluate variability of rectal temperatures in dairy cows considering different factors (intra- and interinvestigator(More)
The objective of this study was to compare the accuracy of a uterine swab (US), a cytological brush (CB) and an endometrial biopsy (EB) to detect subclinical endometritis in mares. Cytological and bacteriological results of all three techniques were related to histological occurrence of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) in the stratum compactum, commonly(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the diagnostic performance of an electronic beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) hand-held meter (Precision Xtra) for use in dairy cattle. Specific objectives were to compare the electronic BHBA meter with serum BHBA concentrations determined photometrically and 2 commonly used chemical cowside tests (Ketostix, Ketolac)(More)
The objective of this study was to describe the relationship between rumination and feeding and lying behavior in dairy cows. Rumination time was monitored electronically using HR-Tags (SCR Engineers Ltd., Netanya, Israel). Feeding time and dry matter intake (DMI) were monitored using Insentec feed bins (Insentec BV, Marknesse, the Netherlands). All(More)
A method commonly used to identify illness in dairy cows is measuring body temperatures with a rectal thermometer, but vaginal measures are becoming common in research. The primary objective of this study was to validate vaginal measures of body temperature by comparing them with rectal temperatures. Data loggers used to collect vaginal temperatures can be(More)