Laminitis refers to a condition that impairs the circulation in the horn-producing tissues of the foot (corium). The disease results in the hoof producing poor-quality horn, which leads to increased injury from concussion and other causes.
A study conducted on 18 Dutch dairy farms provides insight into how footbaths can go wrong.
At the 2008 Nova Scotia Dairy Focus conference, Roger Blowey, the prominent British hoof health veterinarian, described the 6 main factors implicated in dairy cattle lameness: calving, excess standing, free stall comfort, free stall bedding, heifer rearing practices and diet.
‘Bovine Laminitis and Lameness’ describes the anatomy of the bovine 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.
Digital Dermatitis (DD), also known as Hairy Foot Warts, Strawberry Foot Rot, Mortellaro’s Disease and Rasperry Heel, has become the most prevalent infectious hoof disorder on many dairy farms. Dr. Paul Greenough, in his book ‘Bovine Laminitis and Lameness’ recommends treatment for animals infected with DD.
A study conducted at the University of Munich, Germany compared the effects of rubber-matted versus slatted concrete flooring on claw health and milk yield in loose-housed dairy cows.
‘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.
This book includes up to date information on common lameness conditions of cattle and emphasizes the practical aspect of functional and corrective trimming. In addition, it covers the anatomy and pathology of the bovine foot with illustrations of anatomical features as well as detailed photographs of lesions.
Through detailed study of cow movement, researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a gait scoring system based on detailed observations of animal movement.
Dr. E. Toussaint Raven’s classic book “Cattle Footcare and Claw Trimming” is considered the authoritative guide to the Dutch method of hoof trimming.