Ketosis study yields surprising results

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Treating fresh cows for ketosis failed to prevent, and even increased, the negative consequences often associated with this disease, according to research from the University of Minnesota. Here are two key findings from the study:

  • There was no significant effect of treating ketotic cows on occurrence of displaced abomasum, milk production or time-to-pregnancy.
  • Risk of culling actually increased 40 percent in treated cows (161 out of 279 treated cows were culled.)

The researchers say that a better understanding of how ketosis develops and what causes it are needed in order to find ways to manage its consequences on cows.

Source: Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Sept. 22-24, 2011

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