Summary and Implications
We hypothesized that meloxicam administration to beef steers before shipping may be effective at reducing the impact of transportation on stress biomarkers. Circulating physiological biomarkers of stress were analyzed in a transportation trial between a meloxicam treatment group and a placebo treatment group. There were significant differences in stress biomarkers between treatment groups following transport. This suggests that there may be practical benefits for the use of long-acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically meloxicam, to mitigate the negative effect of transport on cattle physiology.
Iowa State University
Van Engen, Nicholas K.; Stock, Matthew L.; Engelken, Terry; Vann, Rhonda; Wulf, Larry W.; Karriker, Locke A.; Lakritz, Jeff; Hsu, Walter H.; Bradford, Barry; Carpenter, Abigail; Busby, Darrel; Wang, Chong; and Coetzee, Johann F.
"Impact of Oral Meloxicam on Circulating Physiological Biomarkers of Stress and Inflammation in Beef Steers After Long Distance Transportation,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 660, ASL R2847.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol660/iss1/12