Can We Select Cattle to Reduce Pinkeye incidence??

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist — As a kid growing up on a farm/ ranch in central Nebraska, one of my least favorite summertime chores was to help my dad treat cows, calves, or yearlings for eye infections. We tried the purple aerosol spray and powders squirted in the eye. We even glued canvas patches on infected eyes to aid in the healing of eye infections. Nothing seemed to be the silver bullet we were hoping to find. I often wondered if susceptibility to eye infections was passed from mother to offspring via some genetic component.…

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