Lameness & Foot Health
Managing lameness is a key area where farmers can improve production efficiency within the herd. Although lameness identification and recording are required within the current Red Tractor Quality Assurance Scheme, early identification and treatment of foot health problems should be made to ensure that herd productivity isn't compromised. Research from SRUC and AHDB has shown that the early intervention, coupled with sufficient analgesic treatment leads to improved recovery response times. Lame cows are more at risk of losing body condition score which can result in reduced milk yields and fertility.
Find out more:
AHDB: Lameness control in dairy cows
Are thin cows lame, or are lame cows thin? meeting notes from Hillend Climate Change Focus Farm
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