New Locomotion Scoring
System Established As Part of Program
To Help Identify Lameness in Feedlot Cattle
Eden Prairie, Minn. (Sept. 19, 2013) – Zinpro
announced the establishment of the Step-Up™ Management Program for the
beef cattle industry. Developed by Zinpro Corporation, in conjunction with the Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas State University, the
Step-Up Management Program provides a systematic approach to identify and
manage beef cattle lameness.
all segments of the beef industry, lameness continues to be an important issue
in feedlot cattle. It’s an animal-welfare concern as well as a health issue,
and it is often more prevalent than beef producers recognize.
Step-Up Management Program was developed to help elevate beef cattle lameness
management throughout the industry,” says Dan Thomson, DVM, Director of the
Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. “We partnered with Zinpro
Corporation to design this unique program in order to help beef producers,
veterinarians and nutritionists improve the well-being of their cattle.”
of Step-Up is on education, especially in areas where lameness is not commonly
considered to be prevalent. It provides resource materials focused on lameness
scoring and lesion identification, as well as industry-leading lameness
prevention, management and treatment protocols.
A cornerstone of the Step-Up program is
the introduction of a new four-point locomotion scoring system specifically
developed for beef cattle. Locomotion scoring is based on the observation of
cattle walking (gait), with emphasis on head bob and stride length. The system
uses a simple 0 to 3 scale to assess the severity of lameness in beef cattle (0
= normal; 1 = mild lameness; 2 = moderate lameness; 3 = severe lameness).
“We created the new Step-Up locomotion
scoring system to make lameness identification a simple process for beef
producers,” says Connie Larson, Ph.D., Ruminant RNS Manager – North America,
Zinpro Corporation. “Zinpro has a long-standing commitment to lameness
education. This locomotion scoring
system is a continuation of that effort as an important tool to help producers
track changes in lameness prevalence within the operation.”
learn more about locomotion scoring beef cattle, contact your Zinpro representative
and visit the Step-Up video library on
zinpro.com. Educational posters for beef cattle locomotion scoring and lesion
identification are available for request
from Zinpro Corporation.
Step-Up™ Management Program developed by Zinpro
Corporation, in conjunction with the Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas State
University, includes new locomotion scoring system designed to make lameness
identification a simple process for beef producers.