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First Step®: Dairy Lameness Assessment and Prevention Program

Lameness continues to be a significant issue affecting the overall productivity and profitability of today’s commercial dairy operations. The First Step® Dairy Lameness Assessment and Prevention Program, from Zinpro, provides the industry’s most comprehensive assessment of overall lameness risk factors to help manage and prevent dairy cattle lameness.

Locomotion Scoring Dairy Cattle

Locomotion scoring uses a simple 1 to 5 scale to assess the severity of dairy cattle lameness. It is based on the observation of cows standing and walking (gait), with special emphasis on their back posture. Locomotion scoring is intuitive and easy to learn and implement.

Zinpro Corporation has a number of tools available to locomotion score dairy cows. The First Step® App for iPad incorporates video, a scoring tool and an economic assessor to make locomotion scoring easy and efficient. A simple tap of the screen records each score. Download the First Step App now.


Dairy Claw Lesion Identification

In order to determine the best course of action to reduce lameness in dairy cattle, claw lesions must be accurately identified and recorded. The Dairy Claw Lesion Identification Poster, developed by Zinpro Corporation and the International Lameness Committee, represents the first global consensus for claw lesion identification, naming convention and record-keeping practices. Learn more about how to properly identify the most common infectious and non-infectious claw lesions in dairy cattle in order to  help reduce lameness.


Cattle Lameness Book

Cattle Lameness: Identification, Prevention and Control of Claw Lesions provides insights from cattle experts on lameness causes, anatomy, claw lesions and diseases, nutrition, and hoof and claw care.

Learn more about the book and what it offers.

Digital Dermatitis

Digital Dermatitis is found in dairy operations around the world and it exists in all types of production environments. It can cause painful lesions that often lead to lameness, which decreases milk production and fertility in dairy cattle. Learn more about how to prevent and control this disease.

To help manage digital dermatitis, Zinpro Corporation has introduced the DD Check App for iPad and iPhone. With a tap on the iPad or iPhone screen, users can record lesions, which leads to a better understanding of DD prevalence across the herd in its various stages. Learn more about the DD Check App.

Hoof Trimming Fundamentals

The main reason why dairy cattle experience lameness is most often related to cows walking on hooves (claws) with a compromised or unbalanced weight-bearing surface. Hoof trimming helps to restore appropriate weight-bearing within and between the claws of each foot, while also helping identify claw lesions at an earlier (less severe) stage.  Learn more about the four-step functional hoof trimming technique.

The First Step® Team

The First Step® program was developed by Zinpro Corporation and the University of Wisconsin’s noted lameness expert Dr. Nigel Cook, with contributions from several other leading dairy industry experts. Learn more about the team who developed the First Step program.