Occurrence of neonatal and postnatal mortality in range beef cattle. II. Factors contributing to calf death.

@article{Bellows1987OccurrenceON,
  title={Occurrence of neonatal and postnatal mortality in range beef cattle. II. Factors contributing to calf death.},
  author={Robert A. Bellows and David J. Patterson and P. J. Burfening and Doris A. Phelps},
  journal={Theriogenology},
  year={1987},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={573-86}
}
Results are summarized of necropsy findings from 798 calves lost from birth to weaning over a 15-yr period. Autopsies determined cause of death and ascertained anatomical normalcy of the skeletal, musculature and organ systems and functinal status of the lungs. Of the 798 calves, 77.7% were anatomically normal and 22.3% were abnormal (P < 0.01) and 75.0% of the total deaths of abnormal calves occurred by Day 2 postpartum. Birth weights of normal calves averaged 4.2 kg heavier (P < 0.05) than… CONTINUE READING

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