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  • Miranda Reiman, Angus Media

Bovine Congestive Heart Failure Work Continues

The latest news and information on the condition and its causes.



Bovine congestive heart failure (BCHF) is hard to identify and there’s not a treatment, but that doesn’t mean the industry has given up on finding answers. Here’s a roundup of links for an in-depth look at what it is, what we know about it and what we’re hoping to know:

An Angus Issue, an Industry Issue or No Issue at All?

Is BCHF something that genetics can solve or not? In this April 25 episode of The Angus Conversation, Kelli Retallick-Riley, Angus Genetics Inc.; Darrell Stevenson, Stevenson Angus Ranch; and Randall Spare, Ashland Veterinary Center, cover what they’re seeing in the field, what the research shows and what it does not.

Healthy Hearts Start with Knowing More

In some of the first large-scale, comprehensive data analysis on BCHF, The Beef Institute at Kansas State University gives a look at the incidence of the disease and how it’s often reported by feedyards. This article covers that work and includes some of the early research into possible phenotypic data collection of heart remodeling.

Research on Bovine Congestive Heart Failure

People in the cattle industry had a theory, but then the researchers at Kansas State University said, “Let’s see the data.” This video tells the story of how the heart health initiative started, what they found out and how Angus has supported the work.

Indications of Heart Health

In this short video, learn more about the heart scoring method developed by Colorado State University to aid in data collection at the packing plants.


Collaborating to Find Answers: Heart Health Initiative

A newly created Angus collaboration looks to tackle an industry issue that has gained recognition recently. Over the last several years, we have heard reports of cattle dying of congestive heart failure in feedlots.


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