Foot health in housed cattle: A review

Author: I. du Plessis
Year: 2007
Issue: 1
Volume: 8
Page: 11 - 17

The aim of this review is to highlight some of the repercussions of locomotive disorders in housed cattle. Some of the reasons for claw injuries are discussed, while the effect of housing and floor type on the claw health and animal welfare/comfort of animals is also conferred. It is argued that the economic implications of poor claw health are a combination of loss of production and the cost incurred in treatment of the injuries. In conclusion some preventative measures are proposed.

Keywords: Animal comfort, claw injuries, housing system, lameness
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