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.