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The effects of early treatment for hindlimb lameness in dairy cows on four commercial UK farms

Leach, KA, Tisdall, D, Bell, NJ, Main, DCJ and Green, LE (2012) The effects of early treatment for hindlimb lameness in dairy cows on four commercial UK farms Veterinary Journal, 193 (3). pp. 626-632.

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An ‘early threshold’ protocol for treating cows within 48 h of being detected lame in one or more hind limbs at fortnightly mobility scoring was tested on a randomly selected group of cattle on four commercial dairy farms. The outcomes of the early threshold treatment for first cases of lameness were compared with those of the farmers’ conventional approach to treatment. The early threshold schedule resulted in a much shorter time to treatment than the conventional approach, for which the median time from the cow first being scored lame to treatment was 65 days. The early threshold group presented with less severe foot lesions and cattle were less likely to be selected for further treatments by the farmer than conventionally treated cows. Early threshold treatment reduced the prevalence of lameness 4 weeks after treatment, compared with controls. A clear effect of the early treatment on milk yield was not detected.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Veterinary Medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Authors :
Leach, KA
Bell, NJ
Main, DCJ
Green, LE
Date : September 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.06.043
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
Uncontrolled Keywords : Dairy cattle, Lameness, Treatment, Milk yield
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:49
Last Modified : 19 Dec 2019 00:33

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