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IMPROVE YOUR COWS’ LIFE TIME PRODUCTIVITY
Lameness is detrimental to animal
welfare and it is one of the three main
reason...
LAMENESS IS NOT ALWAYS EASILY DETECTED
30 out of 100 cows are lame
but only 6 are detected
2
“Watch me daily
for early signs of
lameness”
It is better to bring a few extra
cows into the trimming chute for
examinatio...
HOW TO MANAGE LAMENESS
It is central to both profitability and sustainability that cows can move
freely to eat, drink, go ...
SOFT AND DEEP BEDDING REDUCES LAMENESS
● Cover soft cow mattresses
with 2–3 cm of bedding
● Provide ample space to lie
dow...
SOFT FLOORING IS BENEFICIAL
Invest in soft resilient flooring
with good-quality rubber.
Floors should provide sufficient
t...
PERFORM FOOT BATHING
● Prevention of digital dermatitis (DD or foot warts)
and other hygiene-related lameness requires
goo...
PROPER CLAW TRIMMING
Proper claw trimming is an essential
component of lameness control
“I need to see
my pedicurist three...
TREATMENT
Have a
systematic
approach. Early
detection is crucial
for effective
treatment
Treatment of
digital dermatitis
i...
© DeLaval 2014 Sources: www.delaval.com/HappyCows
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Lameness in dairy cows

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Prevent, detect and treat lameness and reduce involuntary culling.

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Lameness in dairy cows

  1. 1. IMPROVE YOUR COWS’ LIFE TIME PRODUCTIVITY Lameness is detrimental to animal welfare and it is one of the three main reasons for involuntary culling. As an example, lameness costs 220 Euro or 300 USD per cas “If I’m in pain I can’t produce milk” 1
  2. 2. LAMENESS IS NOT ALWAYS EASILY DETECTED 30 out of 100 cows are lame but only 6 are detected 2
  3. 3. “Watch me daily for early signs of lameness” It is better to bring a few extra cows into the trimming chute for examination than to miss cows that need to be treated Prompt identification and treatment of lame cows will result in shorter healing times and less negative effects on milk yield “If I lie down a lot it might be because of good comfort but it can also be caused by poor feet and legs” 3
  4. 4. HOW TO MANAGE LAMENESS It is central to both profitability and sustainability that cows can move freely to eat, drink, go to the milking parlor, be social and rest FEEDING TIME = 5 hours MOVING TIME IN AISLES & FEED AREA = 3 hours STANDING TIME IN CUBICLE = 2 hours MILKING TIME = 2 hours “Don’t let me wait too long to be milked and give me soft flooring” 4
  5. 5. SOFT AND DEEP BEDDING REDUCES LAMENESS ● Cover soft cow mattresses with 2–3 cm of bedding ● Provide ample space to lie down and to stand up again ● Minimise lameness with soft deep-bedded stalls or packs of high hygienic standard “Shiny metal bars is a sign that there’s a space shortage” 5
  6. 6. SOFT FLOORING IS BENEFICIAL Invest in soft resilient flooring with good-quality rubber. Floors should provide sufficient traction, be clean and dry, soft and in good condition. Rubber will improve walking “I like rubber” 6
  7. 7. PERFORM FOOT BATHING ● Prevention of digital dermatitis (DD or foot warts) and other hygiene-related lameness requires good foot hygiene ● Foot baths should be properly maintained 7
  8. 8. PROPER CLAW TRIMMING Proper claw trimming is an essential component of lameness control “I need to see my pedicurist three times a year” 8
  9. 9. TREATMENT Have a systematic approach. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment Treatment of digital dermatitis is accomplished on individual cow basis Treat acute cases early to avoid chronic cases 9
  10. 10. © DeLaval 2014 Sources: www.delaval.com/HappyCows

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