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Farm Animal Practice
Lamneness and associated pain in cattle - challenging traditional perceptions
  1. Karen O'Callaghan

    Karen O'Callaghan graduated from the University of Leeds in 1995 with a degree in animal science. She worked for a year with ADAS as a project manager in a nutritional science laboratory in Warwickshire before moving to Cheshire where she spent four years as a dairy hygiene consultant for the former Ministry of Agriculture. She is currently working towards a PhD within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool researching the control of pain associated with lameness in dairy cattle.


LAMENESS in cattle continues to be one of the largest financial drains on the UK dairy industry. Pain and discomfort associated with lameness may be prolonged and result in unacceptably poor welfare of the affected animal. All too often, appropriate treatment is delayed or neglected due, in part, to lack of recognition, compounded by some common misconceptions regarding pain in this species and the paucity of licensed veterinary products. This article aims to dispel some of those misconceptions and highlight the benefits of controlling pain when treating lame cattle.

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