Observation Concerning Functional Trimming and Hoof Care iii Cows

Beteg, Florin; Muste, Aurel; Mateş, Nicolae; Krupaci, A.
July 2010
Bulletin of the University of Agricultural Sciences & Veterinary;2010, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p32
Academic Journal
Cows lameness is a continuing problem on dairies around the world. The 3 most common reasons for premature or involuntary culling of dairy cows are reproduction, mastitis, and lameness. The economic loss from lameness is due to premature culling, lost milk production, milk discard due to treatment with antibiotics, treatment costs, and reproductive inefficiencies. Lameness is a multifactorial disease and is directly related to how cows are managed. Some of the contributing factors are nutrition, hygiene, cow comfort (freestall management), walking surfaces, time spent standing on concrete, hoof health, and hoof trimming. Prevention is more economical that treatment, but close observation and prompt treatment of lame cows will decrease the duration and thus the cost of each case. Is commonly recommended that all cows be trimmed twice per year, once when the cow is dried off and once during mid lactation. Functional hoof trimming is designed to balance the effects of wear and growth and will be explained more fully later in the paper.


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