Lame cows produce less milk, lose weight, take longer to cycle and are less willing to show strong heats. A lame cow also takes time, energy and a good degree of skill to treat properly.
Therefore, lameness presents a substantial financial cost to the system, a health cost to the animal and a time-management cost for the operator. When dealing with lame cows make sure you:
• Give lame cows easy access to sufficient high-quality feed to minimise condition score loss.
• Treat lame cows promptly and safely.
• Move lame cows slowly and graze them close to the parlour.
You will need to consider prevention strategies if more than 5pc of cows become lame in the first six weeks after calving. Also seek advice on the correct treatments for different types of lameness.