K-State Researchers Look to Prevent Chronic Cow Ailment

By Tyler Moss, Medill Reports

When farmers discuss lameness in livestock, they are not referring to cows that go to bed early or never attend parties.

What they are talking about is a debilitating condition that affects roughly 10 percent to 20 percent of cattle in the United States. Lameness renders many unable to walk, and in more dramatic cases, may result in infertility or death.

While lameness is nothing new, researchers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., are developing new technology that could detect and prevent lameness before it causes serious damage, by examining therapeutic models and identifying drugs to treat the condition.

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