Dr. Paul Greenough, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, literally ‘wrote the book’ on hoof disorders in cattle. He co-authored ‘Lameness in Cattle’ which for the past 3 decades has been the standard veterinary textbook on the subject throughout the world. Dr. Greenough’s latest work takes that basic veterinary science and applies it to the practical identification, prevention and treatment of claw disorders. This book describes the anatomy of hoof and claw and the causes of lameness, including the importance of genetics, structural conformation of the leg and hoof, nutrition, management, cow comfort and facilities that minimize injuries. The text is extensively illustrated with colour photographs. The book is available from chapters.ca as well as amazon.ca and amazon.com.
Which trimming method is best?September 14, 2017
Gerard Cramer’s research group recently surveyed published research studies that examined the effects of hoof trimming on animal behaviour, physiologic changes and efficacy in reducing lameness. Although these studies revealed that hoof trimming may initiate a stress response, change behaviour, improve components of weight bearing, and reduce lameness in specific environmental conditions, few of the studies described the trimming method used in enough detail to determine effects of method on any of these outcomes.
Can Lying Behaviour Predict Lameness?January 13, 2017
Identifying lame cows is the first step in dealing with the dairy industry’s most important animal welfare issue. How does lameness affect lying behaviour? Could continuously-recorded lying time be used to help identify lame cows?
How one veterinarian works with dairy herds to control lamenessJuly 26, 2016
When troubleshooting lameness problems, I use a structured approach starting with locomotion scoring, lesion analysis and assessment of the routine hoof-trimming and lame cow surveillance program. I then examine the risk factors for each of the key hoof lesions and finish with a review of feeding practices. From this examination, we can create a herd specific action plan designed to maximize impact on the key hoof lesions on the farm.