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Achieving pain control for routine management procedures in North American beef cattle

Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S., Fierheller, E.E., Caulkett, N.A., Janzen, E.D., Pajor, E.A., González, L.A., Moya, D. (2012). Achieving pain control for routine management procedures in North American beef cattle, 2(3), 52-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/af.2012-0049

Abstract

© 2012 Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Fierheller, Caulkett, Janzen, Pajor, González, and Moya. • Pain control in food animals is an important welfare concern needing attention by the industry, veterinarians, and animal scientists alike. • More science-based information is required to develop the best pain control strategies possible. This will include the continued search for the best drug or combination of drugs, administered at the correct time and route relative to the procedure being done and the age of the animal. This also requires the development of appropriate behavioral and physiological pain assessment tools including the appropriate technologies to measure them objectively. • In order for pain control strategies to be actively adopted by the industry they must be readily available and registered for use, effective against pain, easy to administer, long acting, have short withdrawal periods, show return on investment, and address public concerns about animal welfare.

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