Special Issue "Minimizing Pregnancy Loss and Calving Difficulty in Cattle"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Cattle".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Takeshi Osawa
Guest Editor
Department of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan
Interests: Bovine reproduction; Reproductive disorders; Timed artificial insemination protocols; Uterine diseases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Herd reproductive performance is commonly measured by parameters such as days open and conception rate. However, in terms of productivity and profitability, the number of calves born at the herd level, as well as at the individual level, for a certain period of time, is more important than the conception rate. Delays in the recognition of pregnancy loss (embryonic death and abortion) can cause loss of time and lower profits. Likewise, loss of a calf during calving, due to dystocia or stillbirth, negatively affects subsequent productive and reproductive performances. Furthermore, dystocia also threatens the life of the dam, leading to a huge economic impact. Therefore, regular checkup of animals throughout pregnancy and parturition is crucial. However, priorities for the management of pregnant animals often rank well below non-pregnant animal issues. A better monitoring system for pregnant animals should be established in bovine practice, not only from an economic point of view, but also from that of animal welfare.

We are seeking original research papers or reviews about how pregnancy loss and/or calving difficulty can be minimized in cattle (both dairy and beef). Manuscripts on the following are also welcome: a novel vaccination strategy for pregnant cows, induction of parturition without increasing the risk of retained placenta, prediction of dystocia, insights into the mechanism of the onset of parturition such as cervical ripening, pathophysiology of abnormal calving including premature birth, and prolonged gestation.

Prof. Takeshi Osawa
Guest Editor

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  • Abortion
  • Cattle
  • Calving management
  • Dystocia
  • Early embryonic death
  • Infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Prolonged gestation
  • Stillbirth

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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