Ferrara Gianmarco (DVM, PhD in Veterinary Sciences) graduated in 2017 with full marks in Veterinary Medicine with a thesis entitled "Caprine Herpesvirus as Candidate of Oncolytic Therapy". In 2018, he was selected for an industrial PhD project entitled "Characterization of 4 recombinant antigens for the Q fever diagnosis in domestic ruminants." During this period, he had the opportunity to visit the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the Rickettsiology Department, and IN3 Diagnostics, an agency placed in Turin that develops and commercializes diagnostic kits for livestock. He completed his PhD with full marks in 2021. Currently, he has a post-doctoral position in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of Naples and, at the same time, is a master's student in the specialization school of infectious diseases in the same department. He has published several articles in international and indexed journals, as well as participated in several national and international conferences. His expertise includes epidemiological studies in livestock (including buffalo) and virus-host cell interaction (particularly how viruses change cellular pathways).

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  • After achieving a PhD in Animal Science, in 1995 was appointed as Researcher in Animal Scienceand in 2006 asAssociate Professor at the School of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Environment(University of Basilicata, Italy).

  • He has been involved in several projects concerning animal behaviour (regional and national level) and animal welfare (national and international level) as local project leader and coordinated a national project on product quality and animal welfare in 2005.

  • He is author of 107 indexed scientific articles with 1596 citations and an H-index of 24 (Scopus, 5 May 2018).

  • His research activity is particularly centred on the study of behaviour andwelfareof farm animals, including buffaloes; the effect of information about animal welfare on consumer perception of product quality and willingness to pay is also a focus of his studies.

  • His teaching activity at master level includes two courses: Sustainable Animal Production and Organic Production and Animal Welfare. At PhD level he is teaching a course entitled How to Write a Scientific Article and Present Experimental Data.

  • He has been included in the list of experts and, for the period 2009-2011, nominated member of the scientific committee of external reviewers by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), while in 2013 he was nominated member of the working group on sheep welfare.




Measuring Behaviour (Cambridge University Press, 2021, 4th edition)
ISBN 978-1-108-47831-1 Hardback - € 87.52
ISBN 978-1-108-74572-7 Paperback – € 32.67
eTextbook € 26.00

"Measuring Behaviour" is an introductory guide to all scientists dealing with the study of human and non-human animals, including buffaloes. This edition, published in 2021, is the fourth following a series that started more than 30 years ago. This version is co-authored by Melissa Bateson, Professor of Ethology at the University of Newcastle (UK), and Paul Martin, author or co-author of several behavioural science books, including the previous three editions.

The book is a comprehensive manual describing all the basic principles to be followed to make good behavioural science. Along with sampling and recording rules essential to make reliable and effective behavioural observations, the book gives new pieces of information, such as the current recording technology. In particular, several technologies now available for capturing and processing behaviour are described, explaining the data flow and the use of artificial intelligence for automated behavioural coding. Importantly, the book also deals with both upstream aspects, such as the prerequisites to be considered before starting behavioural studies (i.e., ethical and legislative issues and the organization of the experimental design), and downstream steps to be undertaken to make the study effective, such as the correct path to be followed for the analysis of the data and the communication of the results through appropriate scientific writing.

This book represents a great opportunity and the only currently available guide for all the scientists willing to increase their competence or just approach behavioural studies for the first time. In addition, albeit using proper and technical language, the authors are able to engage the readers and keep the level of attention high.

Therefore, I recommend this book to all the Journal of Buffalo Science readers with an interest in behavioural studies concerning farm animals in general and buffaloes in particular. This new edition may represent a stimulus for all the scientists working on buffaloes to undertake experiments on buffalo behaviour, a topic that has received little attention so far but needs further consideration. In fact, starting in the last few decades, in order to increase the profitability of this enterprise, buffalo farming is moving from traditional techniques based on the extensive use of swampland areas to increasingly intensive systems which were developed for cattle with no water for wallowing and no access to outdoor grazing areas. The effect of these changes should be strictly monitored to assess whether buffaloes are able to cope in terms of behavioural response and welfare conditions.







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Comparison of Two Different Protocols for the Treatment of Acute Escherichia coli Mastitis in Dairy Cattle
Pages 48-53
Vahideh Hamidi-Sofiani, Hossein Hamali and Katayon Nofouzi

DOI: https://doi.org/10.6000/1927-520X.2017.06.02.1

Published: 20 July 2017


Abstract: E-coli mastitis is one of the most frequent causes of environmental mastitis in the dairy cattle worldwide. The purpose of this field study was to compare the efficacy of ceftiofur (HCL) in conjunction with supportive measures versus supportive measures alone for treatment of dairy cows affected with naturally occurring acute form of E. coli mastitis. From January 2014 to December 2016 a total number of 100 cows naturally affected by acute E-coli mastitis randomly were allocated into two groups. A milk sample from the affected quarter was collected for bacteriological tests on the first day of treatment. In group A (control), fifty cows received ceftiofur (HCL) 1mg/5kg/BW, flunixin meglumine 2.2mg/kg, calcium borogluconate 40%, 250ml and hypertonic saline (Nacl 7.2 %,) 5ml/kg. In group B (treatment, n=50), cows received the same drugs mentioned for group A, except ceftiofur (HCL) which replaced by placebo. In the group A, 41cows (82%) and in the group B, 2 cows (4%) were survived respectively. The rates of quarter health recovery in the groups A and B were 31.7% and 0% respectively. The differences between two groups were significant (P≤0.01).

In conclusion our results indicated that treatment of cows affected with naturally occurring acute form of E. coli mastitis without application of effective antibiotic(s) such as ceftiofur (HCL) and fluid therapy almost impossible.

Keywords: Dairy cow, E-coli, Mastitis, ceftiofur.