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Prevalent Lameness Disorders in Intensively Managed Herds of Cattle


Paul R. Greenough

, FRCVS, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Last full review/revision Sep 2015 | Content last modified Sep 2015

Although there are many important lesions, most lameness protocols are based on data from digital dermatitis, sole ulcer, white line disease, toe necrosis/apical syndrome, and sole hemorrhage. Early identification of lesions permits early treatment, which significantly reduces the recovery period.

The incidence of lameness in pastured dairy cattle in New Zealand is extremely low; the risk factors associated with housing do not exist in that country. Pasture management is also common in Chile.

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