Seasonal lameness management: When summer decisions lead to autumn problems

Seasonal lameness not only puts a dent in the bank when it comes to hoof trims and treatments, it may lead to weaker reproductive performance and ultimately reduces the production levels of your herd. Wet conditions soften hooves, resulting in increased lameness susceptibility. Increased standing time due to the heat stress induced by summer, poor…

Cow-centric pasture power

dairy cows on pasture

South African pasture-based dairy farmers are arguably the best grass farmers in the world, especially considering the harsh climate in which we farm so successfully. Our intense focus on pasture growth and harvest rates has served us well in the development of a robust and profitable pasture-based dairy industry. However, recent local and international developments…

Hygiene on the hoof

baby chicks

Lameness is a huge cost factor for many dairy operations, and infectious claw lesions can play a major role because of their influence on lameness in the herd. Proper assessment and control are needed to prevent further problems, and autumn is the perfect time to do this. Hoof lesions and footbaths The most common types…

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