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Lameness Prevention & Care

Jun 30, 2015 | Dairy, Lameness

  • Avoid long distance walking e.g. keep animals close to the shed 
  • Milk only once a day 
  • Trim feet and treat problem as soon as lameness appears 
  • Record cow number, which foot is lame and the type of problem 
  • Find areas causing problems on the farm and improve these 

Hoof Trimming Basics

  • Trim toe to a length of 7.5cm 
  • Make tip of toe 0.5cm thickness, keep sole surface flat 
  • Make toe thickness of both toes even to make sure each toe supports same amount of weight 
  • Shape inside of toes so they don’t rub 
  • Treat cause of lameness: P.T.O. 
  • Use a cowslip on the sound toe if you have removed quarter or more of the sole of the affected toe 
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