Recent studies have highlighted six welfare issues affecting cattle: assessing prognosis in cows with uterine prolapse; methods for feeding calves colostrum; understanding the relationship between floor hygiene, slurry heel and mastitis; managing slippery floors; avoiding foot disorders caused by newly laid concrete; and genetic antagonisms between production performance and cow welfare. This article describes how these problems might be prevented and discusses the role of the veterinary surgeon in educating farmers on how to manage issues affecting cattle welfare appropriately.
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