Lameness and hoof health

Lameness in dairy herds has a significant impact on production and reproductive performance, as well as causing affected animals to suffer considerable pain and discomfort. Our highly trained vets and technicians are able to examine and treat lame cows using the most up-to-date equipment. As a result, we deliver an exceptionally high quality service which is both safe and efficient. As our client, you will benefit from our advanced mobile crushes which are particularly useful for safely examining and treating bulls for lameness. We provide regular training for farmers at our practical lameness workshops which can be extended to your individual and staff needs.

 Herd hoof trimming

The Vet Group will make your hoof trimming and treatment easy, safe and efficient with the most up-to-date equipment and knowledge. You will have access to: 

  • a state-of-the-art mobile hydraulic tipper-crush
  • two mobile WOPA crushes
  • four dedicated technicians
  • and our farm services veterinary team.

Watch our hydraulic tipper-crush in action. To discuss your hoof trimming requirements and crush setup, contact our farm services team on 1300 838 700 or     

 Individual lame cow treatment

Damage within the hoof leads to 90% of lameness problems in dairy cows . Identification of the type of lesion is critical for the correct treatment to be applied. The type of lesion can also give vital clues for lameness prevention. The Vet Group farm services team is well equipped to examine and treat lameness in your cows.

 

 Prevention of lameness

There are a number of risk factors that can cause lameness in your herd. The Vet Group can provide training for you and your staff to understand and identify these risk factors which will help you manage and prevent herd lameness. With an increased understanding of the specific causes of lameness in your herd, you can make effective decisions to improve your herd's hoof health. Contact us for more information on lameness prevention and treatment.

 Lameness investigation

If your herd has more than 6% lameness (6 cows per 100 milking cows in 12 months) it is likely you will be able to improve your profitability by reducing herd lameness. The Vet Group will work on farm with your team to investigate herd lameness problems. Monitoring the specific lameness lesions will reveal the factors causing lameness in your herd and an appropriate action plan can then be devised and implemented.