The Relationship of Cow Comfort and Flooring to Lameness Disorders in Dairy Cattle

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Abstract

Cow comfort and flooring contribute to lameness incidence in dairy herds. The trigger factors for lameness can all be exacerbated by poor cow comfort. Reduced cow comfort influences lameness incidence by increasing the risk for development of new cases and the time it takes for a cow to recover. Reduction in resting time will increase the cow's exposure to hard flooring surfaces. Many factors are associated with lameness prevalence. Housing and management factors should be optimized to reduce lameness incidence on dairy farms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Cow comfort
  • Flooring
  • Management
  • Stall surface

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