This booklet aims to highlight the importance and cost of lameness and the multi-faceted nature of the problem. We will address the effects of efficient and preventative management, diagnosis of arising problems, assessment of animal health, and the consequences if lameness occurs.
We would like to provide you with a solid understanding of the anatomy of the hoof, the significance of weight bearing surfaces and the effect on cow behaviour, production and manifestation of lameness.
We will also focus on the value of a good environment, quality feed and the importance of using observation tools to help you get the best out of your cows. We hope we can offer practical advice on preventative methods and perhaps give you insight into some aspects of this problem you may have been unaware of, or unsure about, in the past.