18-Title: Metallic foreign bodies in the fore stomach of large ruminants and their significance

Authors: VS Dabas, CF Chaudhari and NF Chaudhari

Source: Ruminant Science (2012)-1(1):81-84.

How to cite this manuscript: Dabas VS, Chaudhari CF and Chaudhari NF (2012). Metallic foreign bodies in the fore stomach of large ruminants and their significance. Ruminant Science 1(1):81-84.


Using a metal detector, five hundred cattle/buffaloes were screened to locate metallic foreign bodies in their rumen/reticulum. Relevant information regarding important management practices of the dairy farmers was also obtained. 51.8 percent (n=259) of the total animals were found positive for the metallic foreign bodies in their fore stomach. Significant (P<0.01) difference was observed between grazing (57.2%) and stall fed (45.5%) animals. Significantly (P<0.01) less number of young (23.4%) than adult (61.6%) animals possessed metallic foreign bodies. Although 12.4% of the total positive cases showed symptoms resembling traumatic reticulo-peritonitis (TRP), only in 3.1% cases of foreign bodies were found penetrating the fore stomach wall on rumenotomy. From this study, it was concluded that every second cattle/buffalo harbour metals in its fore stomach and that significantly more number of grazing than stall fed animals are involved. Also more number of adult ruminants possesses metallic foreign bodies in their fore stomach than young stock.


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