‘Firm Steps’ is a CD-Rom set (2 disks) that will help you detect lameness early so you can take the necessary action to improve the welfare of your cattle and reduce the severity of your financial losses. Learn how to gait score by looking at seven specific behaviours that indicate lameness. The Firm Steps CD set can be ordered from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development by clicking here.
Delayed treatment can lead to chronic lamenessJune 4, 2018
At the 2018 Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, Dr. Gerard Cramer explained how cows can become chronically lame if damage to their hooves is not treated early and if there is no follow-up evaluation.
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?