Best Practice: Develop a Lameness Detection Protocol
- 1. Designate a specific person(s) to be responsible for finding lame cows.
- 2. Develop a routine schedule for finding lame cows.
- 3. Develop a communication mechanism for reporting lame cows to designated person and hoof trimmer.
- Additional Resources for Lameness Detection
1. Designate a specific person(s) to be responsible for finding lame cows.
2. Develop a routine schedule for finding lame cows.
Regular monitoring of the herd for lameness allows for early detection and early intervention. Weekly or biweekly identification and treatment prevents the number of lameness cases in the herd from building up. The number of cases in the herd can be tracked from week to week to identify trends or trigger further investigation if needed.
Lameness Detection Protocol template.docx
3. Develop a communication mechanism for reporting lame cows to designated person and hoof trimmer.
lame cow reporting sheet.docx
Additional Resources for Lameness Detection
Locomotion scoring of the entire herd is recommended to identify lame cows. A variety of scoring systems are available to guide you. At the farm level, the most important goal is to identify which cows need further attention. For this purpose, a simplified lame yes/no system is typically adequate.
Below are a variety of resources that can be used to train staff in lame cow identification.
Zinpro Locomotion Scoring
UBC Gait Scoring.pdf