Journal article

Clinical findings from 104 cases of calving paralysis in dairy cows from Gippsland, Australia

PJ Poulton, AD Fisher, PD Mansell, MF Pyman

New Zealand Veterinary Journal | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2019


Case History: Dairy cows recumbent following calving on farms in South Gippsland, Australia were examined during two 3-month seasonal calving periods in 2011 and 2012 as part of a larger study of 218 recumbent cows. A cohort of 104 cows diagnosed with calving paralysis following dystocia was derived from the larger group, which were examined with 3 days of becoming recumbent. A thorough medical and musculoskeletal clinical examination was performed on each cow including flexor-withdrawal and patellar reflex tests, and postural assessment in the lifted position, unless the facilities were not available. Cows were diagnosed with one or more neurological syndromes: sciatic, tibial paresis, obtu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the opportunity and funding provided by Dairy Australia, and the support and guidance from Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne. We would like to thank the farmers of South Gippsland for their cooperation during the research phase of the project as all of the data were collected on commercial dairy farms. Thank you also to the Tarwin Veterinary Group for their cooperation in sourcing the cows.