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Effective ketosis control in dairy cows

 
Dr. Leonhard Raab
 
 

Ketosis or acetonaemia is a metabolic disorder which occurs mainly in the first few weeks after calving. The subclinical form is of far greater significance economically than the acute form of the disease.

 

It is characterised by an accumulation of so-called ketone bodies (acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone), which cannot be completely metabolised.

 

These products are excreted with the milk and urine. Ketosis may be either primary or secondary. In the primary form the ketosis itself is the cause of the disorder, whereas in the secondary form other organ diseases are responsible, such as claw infections, abomasal displacement or metritis.
 

 

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Article made possible through the contribution of Schaumann Group.

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