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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Veterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice|
|State||Published - Jul 2017|
- Cow comfort
- Stall surface