Dairy Cattle Locomotion Scores and
Stands and walks
normally with a level back. Makes long confident strides.
Stands with flat
back, but arches when walks. Gait is slightly abnormal.
Stands and walks with
an arched back and short strides with one or more legs. Slight sinking of
dew-claws in limb opposite to the affected limb may be evident.
Arched back standing
and walking. Favoring one or more limbs but can still bear some weight on them.
Sinking of the dew-claws is evident in the limb opposite to the affected limb.
Pronounced arching of
back. Reluctant to move, with almost complete weight transfer off the affected
Scoring of Dairy Cattle:
adapted from Sprecher, D.J.; Hostetler, D.E.; Kaneene, J.B. 1997.
Theriogenology 47:1178-1187 and contributions from Cook, N.B., University of
Animal observations should be made on
a flat surface that provides good footing for cows. Cows scoring 2 or 3 should
be examined and trimmed to prevent more serious problems. Trimming should be
done by a competent hoof trimmer with the goal of returning the claws to
functional weight bearing and conformation.