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Surveillance
Congenital paunch calf syndrome in Ireland
  1. Dónal P. Toolan1,
  2. Maresa Sheehan1,
  3. Máire C. McElroy2,
  4. Paul Flynn3,
  5. Rebecca Weld3 and
  6. Matthew McClure4
  1. 1Kilkenny Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Hebron Road, Leggatsrath, Kilkenny, Ireland
  2. 2Central Veterinary Laboratory, Backweston Laboratory Complex, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  3. 3Weatherbys DNA Laboratory, c/o Irish Equine Centre, Johnstown, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland
  4. 4Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, Highfield House, Shinagh, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland
  1. e-mail: donal.toolan{at}agriculture.gov.ie

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WE would like to report the occurrence of congenital paunch calf syndrome in Ireland. This is a homozygous recessive condition in the Romagnola breed that causes congenital deformities as described by Gentile and others (2004). Carrier animals appear normal.

A full-term stillborn purebred Romagnola calf examined at Kilkenny Regional Veterinary Laboratory had …

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