Lameness Management

Cattle lameness is one of the most significant health and welfare issues affecting the UK dairy herd today. Much time and profit is lost each year, with the average lameness case costing £350.00. Most of this cost is ‘hidden’, and is due to reduced fertility, increased culling and reduced yield.

The Scarsdale Healthy Hoof Programme (Silver and Gold scheme) is based on DairyCo’s Healthy Feet Programme and aims to help you reduce the number of lame cows on your farm. Scarsdale Vets has two trained ‘Mobility Mentors’, who will work with you to tackle lameness.

The Silver Scheme includes the following:

  • Three initial visits by your Mobility Mentor to:
  1. Assess a proportion of your herd’s feet, to discuss diseases and foot conditions and to review your foot trimming process.
  2. Undertake a thorough risk assessment of the farm and its current lameness management.
  3. Produce an action plan tailored to your farm, incorporating the following aspects of healthy feet:
  • Low infection pressure
  • Good horn quality and hoof shape
  • Low forces on the feet (good cow comfort and cow flow)
  • Early detection and prompt, effective treatment of lame cows
  • On-farm training for you and your team
  • At least 4 mobility scoring visits during the year by a trained scorer
  • On-farm 6 – and 12-month reviews

The Gold Scheme includes all the benefits of the Silver Scheme, plus monthly visits from Alex Burrows, our category 1 trained, experienced foot trimmer.