Carolyn Baguley MA VetMB CertAVP (Cattle) MRCVS explains more about the Register of Mobility Scorers (RoMS) and their aims.
What is RoMS?
You may be aware of the new Register of Mobility Scorers (RoMS).
This is an independent, self-regulatory body which encourages the widespread use of standardised, independent mobility scoring conducted by trained and accredited scorers on UK dairy farms. The method used is the industry standard in the UK.
How Can RoMS Help My Farm?
The aims of the RoMS are:
- To improve the mobility of the UK national dairy herd by
- Providing standardised high-quality data on the mobility of cows on UK dairy farms over time.
- Improving the quality and accuracy of mobility score data provided to producers and their agents.
- To be inclusive of, and reactive to, the mobility scoring requirements of all key stake holders in the dairy supply chain. To this end, the founding committee has representatives from the dairy farming, veterinary and foot trimming sectors.
Lameness is an important cause of poor welfare and economic loss in the UK dairy industry. To manage it, we need to be able to measure it. Scarsdale Vets has four Registered Mobility Scorers – Oli, Carolyn, Jenny and Charlotte. Contact them at the practice for more information on mobility scoring.