Lameness in Dairy Cows: Influence of Nutrition on Claw Composition and Health

Hugh Galbraith, Jes Scaife

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Lameness in dairy cattle is well recognised as a painful and internationally endemic production disease affecting up to 0.60 of animals in contemporary dairy herds (Vermunt, 2004). It has been associated with the selection of cows predominantly for milk yield and the intensification of nutritional supply, housing environments and management systems. Negative outcomes of such practices are suggested to include claw horn lesions which cause the majority of cases of non-infectious lameness, and infections due to digital dermatitis. Current thinking recognizes lameness produced by these and other lesions (Lamecow, 2007) as having a complex aetiology with risk factors related to 'intrinsic' animal characteristics of physiology and behaviour interacting with those derived from the 'extrinsic' external physical environment (Greenough, Weaver, Broom, Esslemont and Galindo, 1997).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Animal Nutrition
EditorsPhillip C. Garnsworthy, Julian Wiseman
Place of PublicationNottingham, United Kingdom
PublisherNottingham University Press
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)1904761038 , 9781904761037
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007


  • dairy cow
  • lameness


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