AHDB Dairy Healthy Feet Programme (DHFP) tackling lameness events Tuesday 28 July Denbigh, Wales and Crewe, Cheshire.

Published 28 July 15

Current lameness prevalence in GB dairy herds suggest that one in three cows are lame but lameness varies greatly from farm-to-farm, with some farms experiencing very low rates, and others suffering with more than half their cows lame. Lame cows produce between 200 and 600 fewer litres of milk per lactation, take 20 to 40 days longer to get back in calf and are more likely to leave the herd. This makes lameness one of the most critical cow health issues and costly challenges dairy farmers face. 

International lameness expert Professor Jon Huxley from the University of Nottingham has been weighing up the best ways to treat sole lesions and white line disease. Without doubt early and effective treatment of lame cattle is key to tackling lameness successfully on your farm. 

There is light at the end of the lameness tunnel. For a start, frequent mobility scoring is steadily cutting incidence. AHDB Dairy research suggests we are moving ever closer to understanding the most effective foot treatments on lame cows. On Tuesday 28 July levy payers will have the opportunity to attend a meeting to discuss with Jon the latest findings from trials which assessed different treatments of cows with sole ulcers and claw horn lesions. Jon will also give you an insight into the on-going AHDB Dairy funded research at the University and why managing body condition may be part of the answer in managing lameness. 

For more information please contact AHDB Dairy Extension Officers – Gethin Owen 07811 180069, Denbigh, Wales event or James Hague 07792 289386, regarding the Crewe, Cheshire event.