Variation of liver mineral concentrations in Florida beef cattle diagnosed with ovarian follicular dysplasia
Keywords:liver mineral concentrations, beef cattle, Ovarian Follicular Dysplasia, OFD, Granulosa Cell Tumor, infertility, mineral analysis
Ovarian Follicular Dysplasia (OFD) is a slowly progressive bilateral abnormal growth and/ or development of ovarian follicles eventually transforming into Sertoli-form Granulosa Cell Tumor. Cattle with OFD are often infertile leading to culling from the herd. The leading cause of infertility in Florida beef cows is OFD. The purpose of this study was to describe OFD through mineral analysis in order to lay the groundwork for ante-mortem identification of OFD. Additionally, mineral analysis may provide evidence of inciting factors surrounding the development of OFD.