Lameness

Could mortellaro be the root of your lameness issues?

Could mortellaro be the root of your lameness issues?

Mortellaro, Digital Dermatitis or Italian footrot, is a stubborn hoof disease that can occur on all cattle farms. Once the...

November 5, 2021

Grass growth rates holding strong

Grass growth rates holding strong

We are now into mid-September and grass growth rates are continuing to hold strong. The focus on farms continues to...

September 22, 2021

Lameness beginning to rear its head again on farms

Lameness beginning to rear its head again on farms

Autumn has arrived on farms and just like in the spring, lameness can become a common issue. The arrival of...

September 19, 2021

Considerations when constructing farm roadways

Considerations when constructing farm roadways

Farm roadways are key on Irish dairy farms, for maximising the amount of grazed grass in the cow’s diet and...

July 19, 2021

Keeping on top of lameness issues

Keeping on top of lameness issues

Lameness can be a frustrating and costly issue for farmers – on average, one lameness case can cost a dairy...

July 12, 2021

Lameness can lead to reduced conception rates

Lameness can lead to reduced conception rates

To achieve the best expression of heat and the best conception rates, we need to do everything we can to...

May 6, 2021

Factors affecting cow flow into the milking parlour

Factors affecting cow flow into the milking parlour

Good cow flow starts with the route into the collecting yard. This will ensure that the cows are lined up...

April 24, 2021

Lameness: The not-so-hidden cost on a dairy farm

Lameness: The not-so-hidden cost on a dairy farm

Lameness is a significant problem for the dairy industry as it is not only an important welfare issue, but can...

April 23, 2021

Lameness issues begin to appear on farms

Lameness issues begin to appear on farms

Lameness is a serious welfare issue affecting almost every dairy farm in the country. Lameness issues on farms are likely...

April 10, 2021

Lameness is often overlooked during the calving period

Lameness is often overlooked during the calving period

According to Teagasc, between 20% and 35% of cows suffer some degree of lameness. Of these cases 90% of lameness...

February 13, 2021

Queen’s mastitis and lameness study to aim to reduce dairy antibiotics use

Queen’s mastitis and lameness study to aim to reduce dairy antibiotics use

Three Northern Ireland organisations have joined forces to launch a research project to tackle bovine mastitis and lameness in a...

January 21, 2021

Management tool: Locomotion scoring

Management tool: Locomotion scoring

Locomotion scoring is a useful tool as part of a routine herd health evaluation to detect lameness within the herd....

December 30, 2020

Getting to grips with lameness issues as housing ewes looms for many farms

Getting to grips with lameness issues as housing ewes looms for many farms

With ewes being, or about to be, housed around the country, particularly early-lambing ewes, it is vital to keep an...

December 5, 2020

Dry weather conditions leading to major scald issues on sheep farms

Dry weather conditions leading to major scald issues on sheep farms

Problems with sheep becoming lame are unfortunately too common, especially this time of the year when the weather is dry...

June 20, 2020

Lameness beginning to rear its head on farms…what can I do about it?

Lameness beginning to rear its head on farms…what can I do about it?

Lameness is a serious welfare issue affecting almost every dairy farm in the country. Lameness issues on farms are likely...

March 22, 2020

Lameness: What can farmers do about it?

Lameness: What can farmers do about it?

Lameness is a huge problem on sheep farms, especially this time of the year when animals are being housed and...

January 24, 2020

Sheep advice: The dangers of buying in in-lamb ewes

Sheep advice: The dangers of buying in in-lamb ewes

As we head into 2020, over the coming weeks there will be a number of in-lamb ewes on offer in...

January 13, 2020

‘Farmers need to be proactive about lameness’

‘Farmers need to be proactive about lameness’

Lameness is the number one welfare issue on dairy farms and a lame cow could “cost you up to €300/cow/year”....

June 4, 2019