As suggested by the AHDB, around one quarter of all dairy cows may experience some degree of lameness throughout their life. With the average cost of treating lameness in the region of £150 per cow, farmers can expect to pay around £15,000 for an average-sized herd's treatment.
The most common causes of lameness in dairy cattle are:
• Poor quality floors in cattle housing
• Poor cow tracks
• Extensive periods of standing on hardened surfaces
• Ineffective foot trimming
• Diseases and poor nutrition
With lameness continuing to cause an issue for dairy farmers worldwide, a larger incentive has been placed on collaboration between key stakeholders across the dairy supply chain.
This call for collaboration has also been echoed in a recent research paper which has been published in the Journal of Dairy Science.
Led by researchers at the University of Minnesota, USA, the research called for greater collaboration and explored the barriers faced by different stakeholders when it comes to treating lameness.
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