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Epidemiological studies of poor animal performance on a farm in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

A contribution to the work of a national inter-agency group by the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin.


A report prepared for the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, December 2009


Introduction (pdf 658Kb) 

Members of the Project Team




Executive Summary (pdf 42Kb) 

Supporting Documentation

Study 1: Winter feeding trial, January to May 2007 (pdf 258Kb) 
Study 1: Appendix (pdf 28Kb) 

Study 2: An evaluation of underlying performance mechanisms in an experimental group of animals kept on the index farm from January 2007 to April 2008 (pdf 136Kb) 

Study 3: An assessment of responsiveness of calves from the index farm, with known essential element deficiencies to selenium supplementation, May 2007 to April 2008 (pdf 346Kb) 

Study 3: Appendix (pdf 340Kb) 

Study 4: A survey of essential elements and heavy metals in a small area encompassing the index farm, April and September 2007 (pdf 1,146Kb) 

Study 4: Appendix 1, Soil Maps (pdf 4,324Kb) 

Study 4: Appendix 2, Herbage Maps (pdf 3,574Kb) 

Study 5: Kidney cadmium concentrations in cattle from the index farm, 2003-2005 and 2009 (pdf 155Kb) 

Overview: An epidemiological evaluation of all relevant data gathered to date (pdf 305Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 1 (pdf 107Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 2 (pdf 50Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 3 (pdf 20Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 4 (pdf 15Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 5 (pdf 127Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 6 (pdf 15,163Kb) 

Overview: Appendix 7 (pdf 144Kb) 

Addendum to the Epidemiological report on a Castlecomer farm in Co. Kilkenny (pdf 7,357Kb)