Lameness Prevention in Dairy Cows
By Jo Speed
Lameness in dairy cows in the UK is at unacceptably high levels, and has been cited to range from 3% upwards to 40% incidence, causing economic loss to the industry, the farmer and poor welfare for the cow. Research shows lameness reduces productivity at peak yield by up to 20% and with an estimated cost of around £178 per case, it is an area we overlook at our peril. Lameness is third on the list when citing reasons for culling cows.