ARGENTINA – Giving cows dentures results in more calves per cow and better cow longevity overall, according to an Argentinian study.
Angus cattle fitted with prosthetic teeth in Buenos Aires state are living longer than those without dentures.
This allows more calves to be produced.
Furthermore, no change in pregnancy rates, body weight and condition scores have been observed, said the National Institute for Agriculture and Livestock Technology (INTA).
At its Agriculture Experiment Station at Ceunca de Salado in the Salado Basin, INTA researchers found no detrimental impacts to cattle over two years upon inspections three months apart.
Alejandro Rodriguez, a specialist at the centre, said: “This technique added to quality and rumen health, prolonging cows so they can produce more calves.”
“You can increase cow efficiency, support the rumen and not affect pregnancy rates, changes in body weight or condition.”
Typically, teeth show wear after around five years, although pasture and forage type and availability, water quality and other factors dictate this," INTA said.
Once inserted, the teeth remain fixed with special bovine denture glue.