Lameness - Prevention is better than cure
FRS Hoof Care keeping your cows on their feet
Lameness in the Dairy herd can be a very expensive disease. Taking into account the high return for milk today together with the high value of cull cows, FRS estimate that lameness can cost in the region of €300 per animal. These costs include loss of milk production, loss of body condition and the reduction in fertility. The stress of lameness can also cause an increase in somatic cell count (an indication of the quality of milk).
Lameness is one of the three main reasons for culling cows - mastitis and reproductive problems being the other two. Research shows that lameness can affect up to 20% of the cows in a herd in any one year. That is a loss of €6,000 per annum in a 100 cow herd!
Read more about this article in our farming feature in this week’s Tipperary Star