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:
Parlour DD detection without washing hooves?October 26, 2017
Danish researchers compared the efficacy of digital dermatitis detection in the milking parlour with and without first washing feet with a water hose. In all infected herds examined, DD prevalence was higher when scored after washing.
To Bandage or Not To BandageOctober 24, 2017
Whether to bandage or not to bandage after treating digital dematitis (DD) lesions remains controversial. Results of a study reported at the 2017 Conference on Lameness in Ruminants indicate that bandaging improved DD cure rates.
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.