Three new factsheets address the causes, prevention and treatment of each of the 3 most common dairy cattle claw lesions: digital dermatitis, sole ulcer and white line lesion. The factsheets, written in plain language designed to help producers deal with these lesions, can be individually downloaded from the links below:
Lower DD prevalence in high immunity cowsSeptember 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of Guelph reported the results of a study designed to evaluate whether the ability of dairy cows to mount an immune response could be related to susceptibility to digital dermatitis (DD) infection. They showed that cows demonstrating a strong antibody-mediated response to an intramuscular antigen challenge had a lower prevalence of DD than cows showing an average or weaker response.
Best management practices for footbathingMay 11, 2017
Nigel Cook recently reviewed current footbath practices used in dairy herds, questioned the mechanism by which footbaths function, and reviewed the available scientific literature for guidelines to assist in the creation of best practices for their use. Based on that review, a summary of his recommendations for footbath design and management is presented.
Sara Pedersen’s Recommended DD Treatment StrategyMay 10, 2017
Sara Pedersen, a prominent UK veterinary consultant who specializes in hoof health, presented her recommendations for digital dermatitis (DD) control at the recent UK Cattle Lameness Conference. Her ‘blitz’ treatment approach is designed to break the cycle of environmental contamination of the bacteria that cause DD, recognizing that these Treponemes only survive in slurry for up to 24 hours.