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A study of mortality among suckler and dairy cows in Northern Ireland in 1992.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8592815     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As part of an initiative aimed at reducing the number of cattle deaths in Northern Ireland, a survey of bovine mortality on a stratified random sample of farms and veterinary practices was carried out during 1992. In the farm survey, over 3500 deaths were reported from 1069 farms, with a further 237 farms reporting no deaths during the year. The estimated numbers of deaths of suckler cows and dairy cows were 5997 and 4246, respectively, giving an estimated annual mortality rate of 2.36 per cent for suckler cows and 1.55 per cent for dairy cows. One third of the suckler cows and 19 per cent of the dairy cows were found dead with no previous signs of illness. In the cows in which clinical signs were observed and which received veterinary attention, hypomagnesaemia (20.3 per cent) was the main cause of death in suckler cows and coliform mastitis (12.3 per cent) was the single most important cause of death in dairy cows. Conditions associated with calving accounted for approximately 30 per cent of the deaths in both types of cow.
F D Menzies; D G Bryson; T McCallion; D I Matthews
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary record     Volume:  137     ISSN:  0042-4900     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Rec.     Publication Date:  1995 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-04-03     Completed Date:  1996-04-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031164     Medline TA:  Vet Rec     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  531-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, Stormont, Belfast.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology
Cattle Diseases / mortality*
Cause of Death
Data Collection
Lactation Disorders / mortality,  veterinary*
Magnesium / blood
Mastitis, Bovine / mortality*
Northern Ireland / epidemiology
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Comment In:
Vet Rec. 1996 Jan 20;138(3):72   [PMID:  8629337 ]
Erratum In:
Vet Rec 1995 Dec 9;137(24):615

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