Korean J Vet Res > Volume 55(2); 2015 > Article
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2015;55(2):75-80.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2015.55.2.75    Published online June 24, 2015.
Korean native calf mortality: the causes of calf death in a large breeding farm over a 10-year period
Ui-Hyung Kim, Young-Hun Jung, Changyong Choe, Seog-Jin Kang, Sun-Sik Chang, Sang-Rae Cho, Byung-Chul Yang, Tai-Young Hur
National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration
대규모 한우 번식 목장에서의 10년간 송아지 폐사 원인
김의형, 정영훈, 최창용, 강석진, 장선식, 조상래, 양병철, 허태영
농촌진흥청 국립축산과학원
Calf losses have an economic impact on larger Korean native cattle (KNC) breeding farms due to replacement, productivity, and marketing. However, little research on KNC calf mortality or causes of calf death on large-scale breeding farms has been conducted. Based on medical records and autopsy findings from the Hanwoo experimental station of the National Institute of Animal Science, calf death records from 2002 to 2011 were used to identify the causes of mortality. Mortality rate of KNC calves was 5.7%. Large differences (1.8~12.6%) in yearspecific mortalities were observed. Calf deaths were due to digestive diseases (68.7%), respiratory diseases (20.9%), accidents (6.0%), and other known diseases (2.2%). The main cause of calf death was enteritis followed by pneumonia, rumen indigestion, and intestinal obstruction. The greatest number of calf deaths occurred during the fall followed by summer. These results indicated that enteritis and pneumonia were the main reasons for calf death. However, autopsy findings demonstrated that other factors also caused calf death. This study suggested that seasonal breeding and routine vaccinations are the most important factors for preventing calf death, and improving calf health in high land areas with low temperature.
Key Words: autopsy, calf, disease, Korean native cattle, mortality

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