Avoid lameness issues in stock
Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00
Lameness in the dairy herd is one of the biggest costs on any farm, resulting in a reduction in milk yield, reduced fertility, premature culling and additional labour.
The average cost per lame cow is around €300, including treatment costs and production losses associated with a lame animal.
According to Pfizer, lameness is a common problem on Irish farms, with the average incidence in dairy cows at 20-55pc.
The major causes of lameness in dairy animals are:
•Laminitis: An inflammation of the sensitive horn- producing area of the foot;
•White Line Disease: Resulting from penetration of the sole by sharp material(s), for example stones, chips and nails;
•Sole Ulceration: Caused by abnormal weight distribution on the foot. Frequently seen in bulls, it is also a significant problem in dairy cows around 2-4 months after calving;
•Mortellaro (Digital Dermatitis): A contagious condition appearing as a red sore that develops between the claws of the feet.