Hoof Health and Lameness
Lameness is a significant problem in many of today’s dairy herds. Although it may be conspicuous enough to be recognized by the producer as a problem — numerous clinically lame cows at a time for example — lameness may also be a serious but unrecognized “subclinical” problem.
There are normally many different factors that determine the health status of an animal - it is the balance between the ‘protective’ and the ‘harmful’ factors that determines whether or not disease occurs, or at what level the animal is affected.
Foot health and lameness are major issues facing dairy producers because of their common occurrence and the tremendous economic losses incurred. Early detection and prompt treatment can minimize the loss, improve recovery, and reduce animal suffering.
Image gallery of bovine hooves with various problems.
A printable locomotion scoring chart for use on the farm to detect and monitor lameness.
An Excel spreadsheet of the locomotion scoring chart for use on the farm to detect and monitor lameness.
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