Protect dairy cow’s hooves and keep the milk production booming.

Protect dairy cow’s hooves and keep the milk production booming.

Lameness in dairy cows is a prevalent and costly issue. In fact, according to Manitoba, the financial burden per 100 cows averages almost €10.000. When cows become lame and go untreated, they do not produce as much milk. Worse, the condition can escalate to the point where cows can’t walk, stopping milk production altogether.

To prevent lameness, it’s important to consider the potential causes. Dairy cows can develop a variety of infections or conditions in their claws. Some include:

  • white line disease
  • ulcers
  • abscesses
  • fractures
  • thin soles
  • injuries

It is important to consider what caused the lameness, in order to treat a cow properly. Employing proper trimming techniques also helps sustain hoof health and avoid downtime. It’s important for hoof care professionals to check and trim cows’ claws regularly.

Regardless of the injury or condition, blocking can help keep the production moving. This is because a block elevates an injured claw off the ground, which promotes quicker recovery and alleviates pain. Before the application of a hoof block it is important to consider the benefits of each blocking options to treat for the cows. Talk to your hoof care professional about the importance of blocking and the best options for your dairy environment. When a cow is comfortable, she maintains her milk production and keeps business booming.

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It is important to talk to your hoof care professional about blocking. With the right tools and good communication, your hoof care professional can help ensure comfort and maintain productivity in your herd.