Prevent, detect & treat lameness & reduce involuntary culling

During the cow´s working day, she has to convert feed resources into milk, and the efficiency of this process is central to both profitability and sustainability. The cow has only 24 hours available per day, so it is important to make sure that she is comfortable all the time.

See infograph on Lameness

See products for hoof care

Read more on cow longevity


Cow longevity – 100% in line with the DeLaval vision on Sustainable Dairy Farming
by Charlotte Hallen-Sandgren

After 130 years of serving dairy farmers worldwide DeLaval’s vision for the future is that we should make sustainable food production possible. We do this by working towards the reduction of the environmental footprint of farms, while increasing food production, farm profitability and improving the well-being of the people and animals involved. Read more

Lameness: Prevention, detection and treatment
by Steven Berry

Every dairy should have a good herdsman responsible for observing cows for clinical lameness and making sure that they get treated promptly.While research indicates that automated lameness detection shows promise, Steven Berry thinks there is currently no system that can replace human observation. Read more

Walking and standing surfaces for longevity
by Christer Bergsten

Lameness is detrimental to animal welfare and fertility, and it is one of the three main reasons for involuntary culling.  When dairy cows are confined, as in a free stall system, their feet and legs are affected by wear, trauma, and by microorganisms. The cow’s ability to rest, stand and walk must be optimized. Read more

The importance of improving cow longevity
by Jeffrey Rushen

A turnover of cows on a dairy farm is to be expected, as farmers remove cows because of low milk production or sell them. However, much of the low longevity of dairy cows results from involuntary culling because of poor health or fertility problems. High rates of involuntary culling on a farm are a sign of poor animal welfare and are very costly to dairy producers. Read more

Future direction and issues in hoof care & cow comfort
by Christer Bergsten

The health of hooves and legs is of crucial importance for dairy performance, longevity of the cows and for production economy. More than ninety per cent of cases of lameness can be related to hoof lesions but far from all diseases causes lameness. Read more

The working day of a dairy cow
by Lene Munksgaard

Although cows are social animals, they compete for access to resources, such as food and lying areas. This competition can lead to stress responses, and dairy cows, especially high-producing cows, may find themselves in a trade-off situation between lying and eating if they are under time constraints. Read more

Considerations in flooring
by Curt A. Gooch

Lameness is a huge problem with confined dairy cows and represents one of the major reasons cows are culled. Substantial economic loss by dairy farmers can occur when lameness is not controlled. Lameness has been shown to be followed by delayed estrus, poor breeding performance, shortened lactation, low yield of milk fat and a sudden drop in body weight (Dewes, 1978) all of which can cost the dairy producer money. Read more

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