Kingshay has figures to show that lameness can cost over £6,000
per 100 cows in some herds through lost milk, treatment and labour
costs and increased culling rates.
Lameness can cost over £6,000 per 100 cows in some herds through lost milk
Their recently-issued series of technical notes on Foot
Disease provide practical guidance to help you improve foot health
in your herd.
Rob Mintern, Kingshay Technical Specialist, advises, "There
are three elements to an effective lameness prevention plan. First
of all cleanliness is essential, so you might have to examine your
housing and scraping practices. Second, you and your farm team
need to be vigilant in observing cows to identify and treat symptoms
before they develop into problems. And the third and most important
point is about the people involved; it is vital to promote teamwork
among your farm staff, your vet and your professional foot trimmer
if you want to improve locomotion in your herd."
The Kingshay Foot Disease technical notes, which are available
to members by post or on Kingshay's award winning website, deal
with practical methods to identify, treat and prevent foot problems
in dairy herds. Kingshay also offers a Practical Workshop on Lameness
Prevention. See www.kingshay.com for upcoming dates and venues.
For more information about controlling diseases of the foot in
your herd, call Kingshay on 01458 851 555.
Working with milk producers throughout the UK, Kingshay provides
practical decision support through unbiased Reports and Farming
Notes derived from its farm and field scale evaluations and surveys
- now available as a fully-searchable online resource. Services
include the Dairy Manager TM herd management scheme - interactive
and available online; independent soil, silage and grass analysis;
and One-2-One TM on-farm advice. An extensive range of training
workshops are also available.
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