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Vet explains causes of late-term abortions and sudden calf losses in the Midwest. ALSO: Device detects foodborne pathogens.

In the midst of the spring calving season, beef producers could experience calf losses due to late-term abortions and stillbirths.

Although it might seem like an increase in the number of calf abortions is occurring, a certain number of them are a regular part of the calving season, according to Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations at the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL).

Hanzlicek said he recently analyzed K

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