The presentation will cover the differential diagnoses of a downer cow. It will discuss the risk factors and the details of these diagnoses including clinical signs, treatments and likely outcomes. We will look at how to relate the diagnoses to the herd an how to investigate whether or not the problem is more of an individual cow issue, or a herd problem. From there we will discuss management, nutrition and prevention considerations to reduce the number of cases occurring on farm. The economics of these cases will be looked at and therefore show reasons why we should get more involved as vets, in investigation across the farm to minimise the risk factors. The aim will be to give a wider view of the risk areas on a farm when a downer cow is seen for treatment to allow further support and advice to be given to the farmer.
Presented by Deborah Brown
Technical Development Manager at Dugdale Nutrition
Presented at the London Vet Show 2019
BVA Farm Animal Theatre 1
Friday, 15 November at 11:15am