Congenital contractural arachnodactyly (‘fawn calf syndrome’) in Angus cattle
Congenital contractural arachnodactyly (CA), also known as “fawn calf” syndrome (FCS), is a heritable disease of newborn Angus and Angus-derived cattle caused by an error in the DNA genetic code transmitted from parents to their progeny.
This Primefact covers the following topics:
- CA or ‘fawn calf syndrome’ – what is it?
- Diagnosis of CA in the newborn calf
- Diagnosis of CA in older calves
- Why is CA important?
- How does CA spread between herds?
- What are the risks from FCS for producers?
- Angus sires known to be CA carriers
- When should you suspect that you have a CA calf (‘fawn calf’) in your herd?
- What should you do if you suspect that you have a CA calf (‘fawn calf’) in your herd?
- Are there any other syndromes that can easily be confused with CA?
- Why is ‘fawn calf syndrome’ now called congenital contractural arachnodactyly?
Published: May 2010