Hereditary syndactyly in Angus cattle

Abstract. Twenty-five syndactylous Angus cattle, characterized pathologically, were reported from 16 herds
in 10 states from 1979 to 1994. Twenty-one (84%) had all 4 legs syndactylous, 3 (12%) had 3 legs syndactylous,
and 1 (4%) had 2 legs syndactylous. All syndactylous cattle walked with considerable difficulty. Hooves of
aged animals became curled and bent laterally or medially. Affected hooves had the appearance of a truncated

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Genetic Defects in Cattle

Dr. Terry Stewart, Purdue University, discusses the genetic defects, Syndactyly and Polydactyly, Dwarfism and Osteopetrosis (Marble Bone).


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