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Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at calving

Gladden, Nicola; McKeegan, Dorothy; Ellis, Kathryn

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Clinical Assistant Professor

Dorothy McKeegan

Kathryn Ellis


In recent years farmers, veterinary surgeons, and consumers have all shown increasing awareness of pain in cattle (and its associated negative welfare impacts), and accordingly there is increased focus on the use of analgesia following painful procedures, such as disbudding and castration. Calving is a necessary event for cows and their calves, and is painful; however, pain-relief is not routinely provided, particularly to calves. This article reviews the literature on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug usage around calving to aid practitioners in making evidence-based decisions regarding management of calving-related pain in cows and calves.


Gladden, N., McKeegan, D., & Ellis, K. (2022). Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at calving. Livestock, 27(3), 102-109.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 21, 2022
Online Publication Date May 16, 2022
Publication Date May 2, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 3, 2022
Journal Livestock
Print ISSN 2053-0862
Electronic ISSN 2053-0870
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 102-109
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