The lesions that cause lameness in dairy cows result in intense pain and are a major animal welfare issue lameness also causes stress which debilitates and reduces productivity the financial impact of lameness includes losses from decreased production cost of treatment prolonged calving . Lameness remains a major cause of disease and economic loss in dairy cow calf and feedlot operations the impact of lameness on fertility productivity and farm economics has been well documented the majority 88 92 of lameness in cattle involves the structures of the foot specifically. Lameness in cattle is a serious economic problem there are many causes for lameness it is important that the problem be diagnosed correctly and treated quickly to minimise economic losses said dee griffin beef cattle production management veterinarian. One of the most common problems presented to bovine practitioners is lameness in many cases the lameness is chronic because it is common for beef producers to treat lameness problems with antimicrobials before presenting the animal to a veterinarian antimicrobial therapy usually will cure most . Dr cook says prevention efforts for the top three lesions could have a significant impact on dairy welfare and performance university of wisconsin worldwide about 23 of dairy cattle experience lameness issues with three types of hoof lesions causing most of those problems says university
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