Beef

Impact of Oral Meloxicam on Circulating Physiological Biomarkers of Stress and Inflammation in Beef Steers After Long Distance Transportation

Authors
  • Nicholas K. Van Engen (Iowa State University)
  • Matthew L. Stock (Iowa State University)
  • Terry Engelken (Iowa State University)
  • Rhonda Vann (Mississippi State University)
  • Larry W. Wulf (Iowa State University)
  • Locke A. Karriker (Iowa State University)
  • Jeff Lakritz (Ohio State University)
  • Walter H. Hsu (Iowa State University)
  • Barry Bradford (Kansas State University)
  • Abigail Carpenter (Kansas State University)
  • Darrel Busby (Tri-county steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative)
  • Chong Wang (Iowa State University)
  • Johann F. Coetzee (Iowa State University)

Abstract

We hypothesized that meloxicam administration to beef steers before shipping may be effective at reducing the impact of transportation on stress biomarkers. Circulating physiological biomarkers of stress were analyzed in a transportation trial between a meloxicam treatment group and a placebo treatment group. There were significant differences in stress biomarkers between treatment groups following transport. This suggests that there may be practical benefits for the use of long-acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically meloxicam, to mitigate the negative effect of transport on cattle physiology.

Keywords: Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

How to Cite:

Van Engen, N. K. & Stock, M. L. & Engelken, T. & Vann, R. & Wulf, L. W. & Karriker, L. A. & Lakritz, J. & Hsu, W. H. & Bradford, B. & Carpenter, A. & Busby, D. & Wang, C. & Coetzee, J. F., (2014) “Impact of Oral Meloxicam on Circulating Physiological Biomarkers of Stress and Inflammation in Beef Steers After Long Distance Transportation”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 11(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-1133

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Published on
01 Jan 2014
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