Get to the root of lameness in 3 steps

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Just managing lame cows isn’t enough. Getting to the root of the problem is critical to reducing lameness. Jeff DeFrain, of Zinpro Performance Minerals, says investigating lameness involves three steps:

1. Locomotion scoring. Everyone on the dairy should be trained in locomotion scoring dairy cattle. This scoring system forms the foundation for visual identification and recruitment of lame cows for further assessment.

2. Analysis of claw lesions present in the herd. Proper diagnosis of claw lesions at the trim chute forms the foundation for a solid investigation into lameness.

3. Assessment of factors associated with claw lesions. It’s important to examine the management, environmental and nutritional components that are associated with either non-infectious or infectious claw lesions.

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