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See detailInvestigation of the death of calves after epileptiform seizures associated with metabolic disorders
Chevalier, Marine; Lebreton, Pascal; Garnier, Catherine et al

in Cattle Practice (2014), 22(1), 10-16

Death of calves after epileptiform seizures can be caused by metabolic disorders including hypomagnesaemia, although a range of other conditions may also be implicated and therefore also warrant ... [more ▼]

Death of calves after epileptiform seizures can be caused by metabolic disorders including hypomagnesaemia, although a range of other conditions may also be implicated and therefore also warrant investigation. Hypomagnesaemia is primarily observed in herds where calves are fed exclusively with either milk or milk substitute products. Hyperparathyroidism is associated with congestion and hypertrophy of the parathyroid gland and causes both hypercalcaemia and hypophosphataemia. However, its exact aetiology currently remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to explain epileptiform seizures in calves from a cattle herd presenting both deaths and decreased average daily gain (ADG). A Montbeliard herd with calves presenting epileptiform seizures from the age of five weeks was studied. The herd consisted of 39 cows and 46 calves. Tachycardia, nervousness and trampling, violent seizures of tetany lasting approximately 15 minutes were all observed, while opisthotonos was observed in 5 calves. Three of the latter calves died. The remaining calves presented a decreased ADG. Blood and urine biochemical assays were performed on 8 sick calves to determine the aetiology of the clinical signs. The assays revealed normo/hyper-calcaemia, hypophosphataemia and hypomagnesaemia, as well as hypocalciuria, hyperphosphaturia and hypomagnesuria. Deficiencies in iodine, iron and vitamins A, D3 and E were also reported in the herd. These calves could potentially be suffering from hyperparathyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism results in hypomagnesaemia, hypovitaminosis-A and, on occassion, hypercalcaemia and hypophosphataemia. This condition can lead to seizures, muscular problems, heart attacks and anorexia. The simultaneous occurrence of hypomagnesaemia, hyperparathyroidism and hypovitaminosis-A has been never described in related research literature. This is, therefore, in all likelihood a new metabolic disorder facing young cattle. Blood and urine biochemical assays are important tools for the detection of this pathological entity in calves. A dosage of parathyroid hormone (PTH) by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (EIA) method using a kit suitable for cattle can be used to detect hyperparathyroidism. [less ▲]

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See detailCarnet Clinique de Médecine de Troupeau
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; Frisee, Vincent ULg et al

Book published by ULG - FMV - DCP - 4ème édition (2014)

L’agriculture évolue, la médecine vétérinaire suit le même chemin. Les troupeaux d’hier ressemblent de moins en moins à ceux d’aujourd’hui. Hier, la médecine vétérinaire se concentrait sur l’urgence et ... [more ▼]

L’agriculture évolue, la médecine vétérinaire suit le même chemin. Les troupeaux d’hier ressemblent de moins en moins à ceux d’aujourd’hui. Hier, la médecine vétérinaire se concentrait sur l’urgence et donc le cas individuel. Dès aujourd’hui, et encore plus demain, il faut voir l’individu dans sa globalité et donc dans son troupeau. L’unité épidémiologique n’est plus l’individu mais le troupeau. La médecine devient davantage préventive que curative. De là est né le concept Herd Health & Production Management (HH&PM) alliant à la fois des mesures préventives et curatives dans le but d’améliorer la productivité et la rentabilité du troupeau. Cette forme de médecine garde toutefois à l’esprit les attentes du consommateur en termes de qualité des denrées alimentaires d’origine animale (résidus, qualités organoleptiques et microbiologiques) et de bien-être animal. Le concept HH&PM peut se définir comme « l’expression maximale du potentiel génétique d’un animal individuel et du troupeau comme un tout, en optimisant le management de l’exploitation, ainsi que les conditions de la ferme et en conséquence, les entrées économiques de la ferme ». L’examen global d’un troupeau requiert toutefois des connaissances élargies : alimentation, médecine, thériogénologie, bioclimatologie, parasitologie, bactériologie, épidémiologie, économie, zootechnologie. Il est essentiel de ne pas segmenter ses connaissances à l’approche du troupeau tant les problèmes rencontrés peuvent être multifactoriels. La 4ème édition de ce carnet clinique se veut toujours plus pratique et calquée sur le modèle des visites HH&PM que le Département Clinique des Animaux de Production (DCP) de l’Université de Liège réalise quotidiennement sur le terrain. De nombreux rappels sont proposés ainsi que des pistes et/ou canevas permettant d’appréhender au mieux une problématique de troupeau. Cependant, il est très difficile d’être exhaustif pour un carnet de poche (cet outil est avant tout un aide-mémoire en exploitation) et le lecteur prendra soin de compléter ses connaissances dans les livres/cours ad hoc. Par ailleurs, les informations contenues dans ce carnet ne sont pas fixées une fois pour toutes. Les législations, normes, spécialités pharmaceutiques peuvent évoluer et le détenteur de ce carnet clinique de médecine de troupeaux veillera à se tenir informé de ces modifications potentielles. Enfin, bien que les normes établies constituent des repères objectifs, le praticien sera attentif à ne pas émettre de jugement ou diagnostic définitif sur base de simples normes, mais analysera la situation dans sa globalité, en tenant compte de l’aspect clairement multifactoriel des maladies de production dans les élevages bovins laitiers ou viandeux. Enfin, j’adresse mes remerciements aux Profs Emile Bouchard et Luc DesCôteaux, (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe Québec, Canada), et leurs collaborateurs, au Dr. Virginie Filteau (DSAHR Inc., Québec, Canada), à mes collègues du DCP et de la FMV, et à MSD pour l’inspiration, l’impulsion et l’aide à la réalisation de ce carnet clinique. Pour l’Equipe, Pr. Hugues Guyot 4ème édition – Liège – Janvier 2014 Editions précédentes : 1ère édition (2002), 2ème édition (2006), 3ème édition (2011) [less ▲]

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See detailL'acidose subaigüe du rumen, une pathologie encore méconnue
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2013), 157

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a major problem in high-producing dairy cows. The drop in ruminal pH below 5.6 was considered as the major factor inducing this pathology till recently. However, new ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a major problem in high-producing dairy cows. The drop in ruminal pH below 5.6 was considered as the major factor inducing this pathology till recently. However, new technologies such as continuous monitoring of ruminal pH and rumen microbiome assessment have contributed to reconsider this concept. The aim of this article is to review the literature for a better understanding of SARA. [less ▲]

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See detailField Investigation of subacute ruminal acidosis in Walloon dairy herds
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg et al

in Universität Bern (Ed.) Proceedings of 8th ECBHM (2013, August 28)

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. For instance, out of 737 cows from Wisconsin farms, 20% exhibited ruminal pH ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. For instance, out of 737 cows from Wisconsin farms, 20% exhibited ruminal pH values lower than 5.5, allowing diagnosis of SARA, while 23% of animals were considered at risk with ruminal pH values between 5.5 and 5.8. These findings were corroborated by further studies in Europe. However, different feeding practices and herd’s production levels are found in Wallonia, requiring evaluation of SARA prevalence in local herds. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the wheat distillers grains soluble ProtiWanze® a valuable alternative to soybean and canola meals in beef cattle?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in Université de Berne (Ed.) Proceedings of 8th ECBHM (2013, August 28)

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed distillers soluble (CDS) ProtiWanze® (PW) in beef cattle diets has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed distillers soluble (CDS) ProtiWanze® (PW) in beef cattle diets has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the animals. PW, a by-product derived from a Belgian bio-ethanol plant which utilizes only branless wheat, is an acid (pH=4) liquid feed rich in energy (VEM= 1130) and protein (TP= 282 mg/kg DM). PW supplementation from 9 to 13% on DM basis was tested in 4 suckler cattle farms for 4 months in 2011 and 2012: In 2011, 2 Belgian Blue (BB) (H1 and H3) and one Blonde d’Aquitaine (H2) herds were evaluated and in 2012, H2 was replaced by a third BB herd (H4). Every month, the animals’ health and production were checked by means of Body Condition Scoring (BCS), Ruminal Fill (RF), Fecal Consistency (FC), Undigested Fraction (UF) and Locomotion Scores (LS). Ruminal fluid was collected with a stomach tube (Ruminator®) on 5 cows for pH, redox potential (Methylene blue test) and protozoa assessment (optical microscopy). Reproduction performances during these 2 years were analyzed. The price of a diet containing the same amount of proteins brought by a mixture of 1/3 soybean and 2/3 canola meal was calculated to verify whether introducing PW reduced feeding costs. [less ▲]

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See detailHAEMATOLOGICAL PROFILES OF CALVES BELONGING TO HERDS WITH BOVINE NEONATAL PANCYTOPENIA HISTORY IN AND AROUND WALLONIA (BELGIUM).
Ronzoni, Anna ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; Bayrou, Calixte ULg et al

in Buiatrissima, 8th ECBHM Symposium, 28-30 August 2013, Bern, Proceedings (2013, August)

The objective of the present study was to verify the hypothesis of subclinical BNP cases, by random sampling and haematological analysis in different herds with BNP history, in order to obtain a better ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study was to verify the hypothesis of subclinical BNP cases, by random sampling and haematological analysis in different herds with BNP history, in order to obtain a better epidemiological picture of this disease. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled field study comparing organic and inorganic trace elements supplementation in hypermuscled Belgian Blue Breed: biochemical aspects
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Martin-Tereso, Javier; Litjens, Wilbert et al

in Proceedings of the Buiatrissima 8th ECBHM symposium (2013, August)

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See detailControlled field study comparing organic and inorganic trace elements supplementation in hypermuscled Belgian Blue Breed: clinical aspects
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Martin-Tereso, Javier; Litjens, Wilbert et al

in Proceedings of the Buiatrissima 8th ECBHM symposium (2013, August)

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See detailAccuracy of clinical examination and field tests for diagnosis of traumatic reticulo-peritonitis in cattle : a preliminary study
Gaillot, Claire ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Touati, Kamal ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Buiatrissima 8th ECBHM Symposium (2013, August)

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See detailIs the wheat distillers grains soluble ProtiWanze a valuable alternative to soybean and canola meals in beef cattle diet?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in ICPD (Ed.) Book of Abstracts (2013, June 24)

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed wheat distillers soluble ProtiWanze® (PW) in diets of beef cattle has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed wheat distillers soluble ProtiWanze® (PW) in diets of beef cattle has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the animals. PW by-product from a Belgian bio-ethanol plant which utilized only wheat without bran, is an acid (pH=4) liquid feed rich in energy (VEM= 1130) and protein (TP= 282 mg/kg DM). PW supplementation from 9 to 13% on DM basis has been tested in 4 suckler cows’ farms for 4 months in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, 2 BB (H1 and H3) and 1 Blonde d’Aquitaine (H2: 23 cows) herds were evaluated and in 2012, the Blonde d’Aquitaine herd was replaced by a third BBB herd (H4: 42 cows). Every month, animals’ health and production were checked by the mean of Body Condition Score, Ruminal Fill, Fecal Consistency, Undigested Fraction and Locomotion Scores determination, as described by Zaaier et al.(2001) and Sprecher et al.(1997). Ruminal fluid was sampled by a stomach tube (Ruminator®) on 5 cows for pH, redox potential (Methylene blue test) and protozoa assessment (optical microscopy). Reproduction performances of this 2 year’s-period were analyzed. Price of a diet containing the same amount of proteins brought by a mixture of 1/3 soybean and 2/3 canola meal was calculated to verify whether introducing PW reduced feeding costs. Whatever the concentration of PW used, no adverse effect has been observed concerning reproduction, production performance, ruminal pH. Feeding costs were reduced by 0.08 €/cow/day in 2011 and by 0.02 €/cow/day in 2012. This lower spared amount in 2012 is the consequence of the reduction in PW protein concentration while its price increased. Anyway, comparison has to take into account the energy brought by this CDS as it has been suggested by Petersen’s equation, which compares CDS price with soybean meal but also with maize price. Further argument to be considered, especially in BB, is the high PW palatability, its low ruminal filling value and better roughage digestion. [less ▲]

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See detailField investigation of subacute rumen acidosis prevalence in walloon dairy herds
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 24)

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. However, different feeding practices However, different feeding practices and ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. However, different feeding practices However, different feeding practices and herd’s production levels are found in Wallonia. SARA prevalence in local herds was thus required 174 cows (164 Holstein and 10 Brown Swiss) out of 24 walloon herds were sampled from 2011 to 2012 for evaluation of their ruminal function. Selection of minimum 5 cows per herd was made on basis of days in milk (<150 DIM), or low milk fat % (F <3.2%), or fat/protein % (F/P≤1), or at farmer’s request (animal debilitated or chronically ill). Ruminal fluid was sampled 4-8 h after feeding using a Geishauser oro-pharyngeal probe, preventing saliva contamination. pH was measured by a portable pHmeter and values were reduced by 0.35 as proposed by Duffield (2004) because of the higher pH values in reticulum sampling site compared with rumenocentesis. Redox potential was determined by Methylene Blue Reduction Time (MBRT) and protozoa assessed by microscopy. Production values were obtained by the National Dairy Herds Improvement. Health scores were determined as described by Zaaier et al. (2001). RESULTS Mean production values ± SD of these animals (DIM: 106 ± 84) were 33.2 ± 8.9 kg milk, F = 3.47 ± 0.72%, P = 3.25 ± 0.25%, F/P = 1.07 ± 0.23. Mean BCS was 2.6 ± 0.6. Mean pH value ± SD was 6.50 ± 0.42. 10 animals (5.7%) from 6 herds were below 5.8, of which 4 cows from H8 (23 sampled cows). No result was < 5.5. MBRT was 4.16 ± 3.13 min. In 5 cows, value < 1min indicated a more amylolytic bacterial flora. In 24 samples, no reduction of MB occurred, demonstrating bacterial inactivity. Disappearance of large protozoa was observed in 6 samples, of which 5 abnormal specimens came from H8. No correlation between low pH values and F/P or %F could be found. CONCLUSION In no herd, prevalence was >25%, required for SARA diagnosis. Regarding these results, prevalence of SARA appears very low in Wallonia while on the opposite, ruminal flora inactivity seems far more common. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of biological markers to evaluate the adaptation of the newborn Belgian Blue calf to the extrauterine life. A pilot study.
Ronzoni, Anna ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; De Marchin, Emmanuelle et al

in Dalin, Göran (Ed.) 15th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farms Animals, Book of Abstracts (2013, June)

Adaptation to extrauterine life and immunity transfer at calving are more at stake when dealing with highly productive breeds such as the Belgian Blue Cattle Breed (BBCB). The purpose of the present pilot ... [more ▼]

Adaptation to extrauterine life and immunity transfer at calving are more at stake when dealing with highly productive breeds such as the Belgian Blue Cattle Breed (BBCB). The purpose of the present pilot study was to evaluate different blood markers, from the birth to the first week of life in BBCB calves, in order to investigate fundamental aspects of the adaptation to the extrauterine life as passive immunity transfer and early energy metabolism. Eighty calves coming from 10 different farms located in Wallonia (Belgium) were enrolled. A clinical examination was performed to verify viability and maturity at birth. Blood samples were collected at birth, day 1 and day 3 to 7. Passive immunity transfer analysis included serum and colostrum immunoglobulin G (IgG) concentration, and plasmatic selenium concentration (Se). Glycemia, serum insulin and cortisol concentration have been considered for the energy metabolism analysis. The data collected were statistically analysed using logistic regression and unpaired t-test. All calves were born alive, viable and mature by caesarean section. Mortality rate was 0% at one week and 5% at three months. Only 33% of calves had an IgG concentration >16g/L after one week of age, while only 34% of colostra had an IgG concentration >70g/L. Glycemia and serum insulin concentration at birth were significantly lower than other breeds, and plasmatic selenium concentration were coherent with low supplemented dams. We compared calves across IgG concentration classes (>16 g/L vs <16g/L). The crosssectional analysis of the risk of FPT when given low IgG concentration colostra has shown a non significant odd ratio (OR 1,058 and 0,39116 g/L) (p<0,001). No significant difference has been shown between cortisol and glycemia (p=0,3) nor insulin and glycemia (p=0,2) at birth. These data suggest a significant difference in BBCB calves on several metabolic markers, but they also revealed that immunity transfer and micronutrition of pregnant hyper-productive dams remain a challenge in modern farms. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a better understanding of the respiratory distress syndrome in full-term newborn calves
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Guyot, Hugues ULg

in XVIII Congreso Internacional Anembe de Medicina Bovina (2013, April)

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See detailTrace Minerals Management in Cattle
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Guyot, Hugues ULg

in XVIII Congreso Internacional Anembe de Medicina Bovina (2013, April)

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See detailGranulomatous meningo-encephalitis caused by Toxoplasma gondii in three bulls, a possible explanation for unexplained sporadic bovine meningo-encephalitis
Theron, Léonard ULg; Tabaran, F; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Revista Portuguesa de Buiatria (2012, June), (Special Edition),

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See detailInvestigation of body condition score and insulin sensitivity (RQUICKY) in downer cow syndrome
Bonvoisin, Marie ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Lebreton, Pascal et al

in Revista Portuguesa de Buiatria (2012, June), (Special Edition),

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See detailInvestigation of sudden death of calves after epileptic seizures due to hypomagnesaemia and hyperparathyroidism
Chevalier, Marine ULg; Lebreton, Pascal; Garnier, Catherine et al

in Revista Portuguesa de Buiatria (2012, June), (Special Edition),

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See detailA case of hypertrophic osteoarthropathy in a Belgian Blue cow
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in Canadian Veterinary Journal = Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne (2011), 52

A 12-year old cow was presented with chronic respiratory disease and lameness. A chronic pleuritis, pneumonia and bronchial carcinoma were found as well as periosteal proliferation on limbs bones ... [more ▼]

A 12-year old cow was presented with chronic respiratory disease and lameness. A chronic pleuritis, pneumonia and bronchial carcinoma were found as well as periosteal proliferation on limbs bones. Ancillary test and necropsy confirmed a combined pathology of pulmonary inflammation and neoplasm and hypertrophic pulmonary osteopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes feeding dairy cattle with different levels of condensed distillers solubles (Protiwanze®) increase the risk of Sara?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2011, September 08)

INTRODUCTION The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different levels of Protiwanze® (PW) supplementation, a highly acid (pH = 3.8 ± 0.8) and fermentescible CDS, on ruminal function of ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different levels of Protiwanze® (PW) supplementation, a highly acid (pH = 3.8 ± 0.8) and fermentescible CDS, on ruminal function of dairy cows. MATERIAL AND METHODS PW supplementation was tested in 5 dairy herds (144 cows, DIM: 96 ± 61, daily milk production: 34.69 ± 8.22 L). In Herd 1, TMR was supplemented with 0% or 10% of PW on a dry matter basis for 4 weeks including a 7-day transition period. Each concentration was distributed twice during 2 periods alternatively with the other one, each cow being its own control. PW concentrations were 10 and 15% in Herd 2, 3 and 4. During every period, milk production was measured by the Dairy Herd Improvement and ruminal fluid sampled by a stomach tube (Ruminator®) on 5 cows. Samples were assessed for pH (portable pH meter), redox potential (Methylene blue test) and protozoa (optical microscopy). RESULTS AND CONCLUSION Ruminal pH values ranged between 5.94 and 7.74. Even when a correction factor of 0.5 was applied to take into account possible saliva contamination, only 8 pH samples pleaded for SARA although protozoa and methylene blue tests were within norms and cows clinically normal. No significant correlation between pH value, milk production and fat content could be demonstrated. Ruminal pH did neither significantly differ between the different levels of PW supplementation. In conclusion, in this study, PW could be used in dairy cows TMR at a level as high as 15% without increasing the risk of SARA. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate on Bovine neonatal pancytopenia non Pregsure cases
Theron, Léonard ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Hanzen, Christian ULg et al

Conference (2011, September 07)

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