Typical Thin Sole

An alternative treatment for thin soles

By Steve Mason on

There are 2 main causes of thin soles in dairy cattle:
1. an abrasive floor, particularly a new one in a barn cows have recently moved into;
2. excessive hoof trimming.

Without immediate intervention, some cows will completely lose the sole horn and the underlying corium, which is especially thin at the tip of the toe, will be uncovered. Therefore this area is very vulnerable for ascending infections. An alternative treatment for cattle with thin soles was presented at the recent Lameness Conference in Bristol UK.

Ultrasound measurement of digital cushion depth

Digital Cushion Depth Affects Susceptibility to Claw Horn Lesions

By Steve Mason on

A study by researchers at Cornell University examined the association between claw horn lesions and the thickness of the digital cushion. Results suggest that thin digital cushions, related to low body condition score, may be a factor in the development of sole ulcers and white line lesions.