Cattle Bloat and Its Costs Are Researched

US - U.S. agriculture experts say cattle deaths due to bloat are an economic loss, but the greater cost might come during the early stages of bloat.
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"What you don't see will be the hidden loss of depressed animal gains ranging from one-third to a little more than one pound per day over a 60-day bloat period in cattle with slight to moderate bloat," said Vernon, Texas, Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Bill Pinchak. "The loss in average daily gain may equal or exceed the total bloat death loss in most years."

Wheat pasture bloat is the major non-pathogenic cause of death in Texas stocker cattle, accounting for a 1 percent to 3 percent death loss in cattle grazing winter wheat pastures, he said.

Source: Science Daily
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