Lameness and foot lesions in Swiss dairy cows: II. Risk factors.

Becker, Johanna; Steiner, Adrian; Kohler, S.; Koller-Bähler, A.; Wüthrich, Marianne; Reist, Martin (2014). Lameness and foot lesions in Swiss dairy cows: II. Risk factors. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 156(2), pp. 79-89. Huber 10.1024/0036-7281/a000554

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The objective of this study was to evaluate risk factors associated with foot lesions and lameness in Swiss dairy cows. Potential risk factors were recorded by means of examination of 1'449 Swiss cows and the management systems of 78 farms during routine claw-trimming, and during personal interviews with the associated farmers. Statistical analysis of animal-based and herd level risk factors were performed using multivariate logistic regression models. The risk of being lame was increased in cows affected by digital dermatitis complex, heel-horn erosion, interdigital hyperplasia, Rusterholz' sole ulcer, deep laceration, double sole and severe hemorrhages. Cleanliness, BCS, affection with other foot lesions, breed, importance of claw health to the farmer, frequency of routine claw-trimming, producing according to the guidelines of the welfare label program RAUS, and silage feeding were shown to be associated with the occurrence of some of the evaluated foot lesions and lameness. The identified risk factors may help to improve management and the situation of lameness and claw health in dairy cows in Switzerland and other alpine areas with similar housing and pasturing systems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Becker, Johanna; Steiner, Adrian; Wüthrich, Marianne and Reist, Martin

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Susanne Portner

Date Deposited:

22 Aug 2014 14:51

Last Modified:

14 Oct 2015 11:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/0036-7281/a000554

PubMed ID:

24463322

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Klauenerkrankung, Klauengesundheit, Milchkuh, Risikofaktor, claw health, dairy cow, foot lesion, risk factor

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.45842

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/45842

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