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How the stress can affect calf health & performance

Published on: 10/15/2018
Author/s : Melina Bonato and Liliana Borges (P&D, ICC Brazil)

The beef production goal is to have healthy animals that can achieve the maximum genetic potential with less cost. The animal health is not just related to diseases caused by a pathogen agent or metabolic/physical problems but also caused by stress factors. The external stress is defined as “the result of exposure to a situation or environment that is not normal for an animal.” In beef...

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October 15, 2018

The study seems so important and well conducted. The aims and the parameters dealt with (mortality, morbidity, beef heifers performance and stress factors effects) have great justifiable grounds. I would suggest using lower weights, studying a wide range of stressful factors besides the natural ones, and increasing the trial periods. Thank you so much for your great efforts for reducing the stress factors effects to optimize and maximize beef cattle production and efficiency.

Dr.Khazel (Ph.D..Animal Breeding and Genetics).

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