Magnets can help prevent hardware disease in cattle herds

Magnets can help prevent hardware disease in cattle herds

Curtis Larson

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Cattle commonly swallow foreign objects, such as nails and wire, found in the field or their feed. These objects do not always cause problems, but they can cause a disease commonly known as hardware disease. Foreign objects ingested by cattle make their way into the animal’s rumen and reticulum. Sometimes, the animal’s body will push the objects into the peritoneal cavity, causing severe inflammation (hardware disease).

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