Journal Article


Bernadette Earley
Sean Doyle
Mark McGee
Aran O'Loughlin



blood biomarker weaning stress characterisation stress beef calves future plasma

Biomarker responses to weaning stress in beef calves (2014)

Abstract The study objective was to investigate the physiological effects of weaning on beef calves and identify a panel of blood-based welfare biomarkers. On the day (d) of weaning (d 0), 16 spring-born, singlesuckled, beef bull calves that previously grazed with their dams at pasture, were assigned to one of two treatments: (1) control (n = 8), calves were loose-housed with their dam, (2) weaned (n = 8), calves were abruptly separated from their dam and loose-housed. Jugular blood was collected on d −4, 0, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 14 relative to weaning (d 0) and assayed for inflammatory and steroid variables. Total leukocyte counts were measured in whole blood. It is concluded that neutrophil number is a robust biomarker of stress and that plasma CXCL8 is a sensitive indicator of stress in weaned and control calves. In future studies, these two biomarkers should be central to the characterisation of stress responses.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Science and Engineering: Biology
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Bernadette Earley, Sean Doyle, Mark McGee, Aran O'Loughlin

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Bernadette Earley
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Sean Doyle
Maynooth University
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Mark McGee
Total Publications: 81