Dairy cow lameness is at an unacceptably high level in the UK and has been identified by the Farm Animal Welfare Council as an important area for improvement. For the veterinary practitioner, it can be a daunting and difficult task to establish a foothold in this important area of herd health. This article describes some of the elements of a successful approach to lameness reduction and briefly describes the DairyCo Healthy Feet Programme, which is an example of an advisory and training package that can be offered as a fee-earning service to dairy clients by suitably trained veterinary surgeons.
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