Dairy Cattle Hoof
The reason cows become
lame can be quite complex, as many of the factors are interrelated. However,
the main reason cows become lame is most often related to cows walking on
hooves (claws) with a compromised or unbalanced weight bearing surface.
Overloading the cow’s claw due to
excessive wear or overgrowth can create a claw that is sensitive, unstable and
more prone to lameness. Therefore, cows’ feet need to be checked and trimmed
for two reasons:
of appropriate weight bearing within and between the claws of each foot
identification of claw lesions
It is important to note that not all
cows examined will require trimming, as over-trimming can result in greater
incidence of lameness.