A group of researchers are conducting an online survey to measure awareness and prevalence of congestive heart failure in feedlot cattle. The survey, managed by researchers at the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University and Texas Tech, in cooperation with NCBA, is intended for anyone involved in feedlot health programs. Find the survey online at beefusa.info/survey.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) in cattle is the result of several disease processes, including (but not limited to): pulmonary hypertension (aka high altitude/brisket disease), infection of heart valves, certain types of pneumonia, hardware disease, and lymphoma. Congestive heart failure caused by bovine pulmonary hypertension (BPH) is broadly known as high altitude disease because historically, the disease typically occurred at altitudes over 7,000 feet. Today, reports from feedlots at lower altitudes suggest that the incidence of the disease may be increasing. While a final diagnosis of BPH is made in the diagnostic laboratory, diagnosis of feedlot cases of clinical CHF may be used to determine how common this type of heart disease is in feedlot cattle.
The survey was compiled to determine if clinical CHF is a growing problem among feedlots, particularly at lower elevations. Additionally, the level of CHF recognition at the pen level and at gross necropsy will be assessed. Your responses will remain anonymous.
Find the survey online at beefusa.info/survey.