Early spring often brings about the onset of lame cows and on some properties the problem can be severe.
Lameness poses a real challenge and affects cows in many ways. These include slowness of movement, depressed feed intake, decreased milk production, weight loss and decreased fertility.
Additionally, there is an increased labour requirement, significant financial costs, and an increase in replacements as severely lame animals are often candidates for culling and have poor repro performance.
Most of you will have by now addressed at least some of the farm issues that contribute to lameness. However, outcomes can be improved by:
In these tight times, protecting your future production is important; if you require more information please contact one of our veterinarians.