A chronic, incurable bacterial disease of ruminant animals.
Hoof health is incredibly important in today's dairy herd. Clinical lameness can cost the producer in terms of treatment for the problem, but lameness can also lead to decreased milk production, impaired reproductive performance, and costs related to culling an animal.
Despite considerable research into bovine mastitis the disease still remains an economically significant problem for the dairy industry. Economic losses are estimated to be approximately $200 per cow per year in the U.S.