Cattle Magazine Health A foot above the rest in understanding bovine lameness – High Plains Journal

A foot above the rest in understanding bovine lameness – High Plains Journal



Preventive care, vaccines and proper nutrition are all vital to cattle health, but if the feet or legs—which literally carry cattle from one stage of production to the next—are neglected or misdiagnosed, that animal’s profitability is at a standstill. Dr. Meredyth Jones, DVM, and associate professor at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said lameness is tremendously costly across the board in the cattle industry, but in cow-calf it becomes a real issue for both cows and bulls.

As far as foot issues go, foot rot, a bacterial infection between the toes often caused by excessive moisture, is the preliminary diagnosis. However, understanding how to properly identify true foot rot versus other similarly presenting conditions is crucial to proper treatment. According to Jones, with foot rot there will usually be a significant amount of uniform swelling around the outside of the foot and right above the coronary
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