Carry On Foot Bathing

If you have digital dermatitis (DD) on your farm, use a foot-bath regularly as a result, and graze over the summer, don’t stop foot- bathing! We explain why

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If you have digital dermatitis (DD) on your farm, use a foot-bath regularly as a result, and graze over the summer, don’t stop foot- bathing!

DD does tend to abate over the summer months, due to the grass cleaning cows’ feet, the (usually!) drier, cleaner conditions and the reduced stocking densities, and so many people stop foot-bathing. However, this can lead to a worsening of the DD problem when cows are housed again in the autumn.

Instead, it’s better to carry on foot- bathing over the summer and use it as an opportunity to reduce the prevalence of DD in the herd, leaving the cows in a better position for housing and getting their feet off to a good star when they come in.

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