When is the best time to locomotion score dairy cattle?

Veterinary experts at Washington State University offer these three opportunities to do a quick check on locomotion score prevalence on a dairy:

  • During herd check or a time when the cows are locked-up, have an assistant release every nth cow for you to locomotion score.
  • Watch cows as they exit the milking parlor and record locomotion score of every nth cow.
  • Walk through the pens, counting cows (both lying down and standing) in the order that you see them, and locomotion score every nth cow.

To determine the number of cows to count in between the cow to score (i.e., the "nth cow"), read this article in Bovine Veterinarian, a sister publication of Dairy Herd Management.