Did you know that 90% of lameness in dairy cows arise from conditions of the feet? Recognising the negative impact that lameness can have on herd performance, our skilled team can help you tackle lameness in your herd:
Digital Dermatitis Blitz:
Digital Dermatitis is thought to affect many herds in the UK. This intense “blitz” approach has been proven to reduce the DD level in the herd down to a manageable level. If your vet suspects DD as a major cause of lameness in your herd, this is definitely an approach to consider.
Lameness is often caused by a number of environmental factors on farm and it can take another set of eyes to look at problems areas with a new perspective. Our VetTech team will look at every area of your herds journey and pinpoint those that could be problematic. In conjunction with your vet, they will produce short terms and long terms suggestions which may help reduce lameness in your herd.
One of our most popular services is mobility scoring. Our VetTechs are trained according to AHDB standards to assess the levels of mobility of all cows in your herd. An automatic report is produced at the end of each session to detail the levels of sound/imperfect cows and it also shows progress since the last assessment, making it easy to identify problem cows for corrective foot trimming.
Foot trimming records can be collected from you at each mobility session and these are then uploaded along with the mobility scores to an online analysis tool where vets utilise the data alongside their knowledge of the farm to determine a lameness reduction plan tailored to your system.
This whole service is not only useful to fulfil milk contract requirements, but it also allows you to reduce mobility problems in your herd which will aid cow performance and productivity.