Webinar on “Lameness in dairy cows” – 18 January 2021

On 18 January 2021 (h. 19.00-20.30, Paris time), ICAR and IDF jointly organised a webinar on “Lameness in dairy cows: the challenging battle”.

Video of the webinar and the presented slides are available below

ICAR also advises that a specific brochure has been prepared and made available here.

The presented slides during the webinar are available hereby:

On the first presentation Nicola Gough presented the DISARM initiative. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, DISARM is a collaboration between farmers, veterinarians, advisory services, academics and industry to disseminate innovative solutions for antibiotic resistance management in livestock production to alleviate the threat of antibiotic resistance.

 

Then, Dr. Jon Huxley, NZ introduced the problems generated by lameness, being one of the most intractable health, welfare and production problems of dairy cattle globally. The presentation reviewed the impacts of lameness on the global dairy herd and identify key areas for on farm intervention.

The New Guidelines for recording lameness in dairy cattle were summarized by Anne-Marie Christen, CA. Under the umbrella of ICAR, a group of experts joined their expertise and knowledge to produce these Guidelines. They are useful for breeding and dairy organizations, DHI agencies and others who would like to implement a method, data collection and recording of lameness with the objective of improving health and welfare of dairy cattle.

Finally, Dr. Nick Bell, Herd Health Consultancy, UK will ended the webinar in presenting practical aspects of the lameness scoring. Health of feet and legs is so important to herd productivity, fertility, welfare and cow longevity. Locomotion scoring was originally developed to evaluate clinical trials but has found a useful application in measuring and monitoring lameness in the field. However, key to success is adopting robust methods of implementation with skilled interpretation of the results. There are many practical considerations when it comes to applying lameness scoring in the dairy farm setting.

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