When you own a dairy herd, maintaining its hoof health is a constant challenge. However, we have some great news for you: there are ways to control and contain the impact of lameness. To begin with, you have a variety of great products at your disposal to tackle this challenge. Then there is the professional ABC chart of dairy hoof diseases, which three hoof care professionals have put together.
Let’s start with one very important thing you need to always keep in mind: Not all lame cows need the same therapeutic approach! That’s right. Sometimes just a simple hoof knife does the trick!
If you want guaranteed success in your battle with lameness, it’s important to know the differences between hoof problems. We can split them into two main categories:
- Infectious hoof diseases.
- Non-infectious hoof diseases.
Obviously, hoof problems can be classified as being ‘mild’ or ‘severe’.
The ABC chart of dairy hoof diseasesTo raise awareness and highlight the importance of hoof management, Karl Burgi, Dr. Nigel Cook and Dr. Dörte Döpfer have compiled an identification chart of the different hoof diseases. This trio of hoof experts have given us the ABC chart of dairy hoof diseases. Success in your lameness battle? It’s important to know the different hoof problems. #AllAboutHooves Click To Tweet
What’s unique about the ABC chart?
- All hoof problems are coded with a letter and their official name.
- A color picture illustrates each hoof problem, complete with different severity levels for each of them.
Finally, what can you do with the chart?
- Diagnose a hoof problem and treat it accordingly.
- Have a copy beside your trimming chute for quick reference.
- Use it as a communication tool for all team members.
Meet the ABC chart creators
Dr. Nigel Cook
Department of Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-MadisonDr. Cook has spent over a decade examining the impact of the environment on the well-being of dairy cattle. Current research interests include evaluating the performance of the Wisconsin dairy industry using cluster analysis and examination of causal networks. Connect with Dr. Nigel Cook on the website of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Dörte Döpfer
Department of Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-MadisonHer specific research interest is the epidemiology of digital dermatitis in cattle. She is currently working on mathematical models for infectious diseases. Dr. Dörte Döpfer can be contacted on the website of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison