Lameness is one of the biggest underestimated costs to herd productivity for Australian dairy farmers. It is a painful condition for cows and can reduce their mobility and feed intake, which in turn reduces their milk production. It is, however, something that can be minimised through good management.
This workshop is in two parts:
During the morning session you will learn about:
- Costs of lameness
- Minimising lameness with good stockmanship and handling
- Identifying a lame cow and lameness scoring
- Restraint, examination and tools
- Types of lameness and treatment
In the afternoon session there will be the opportunity to practice practical lameness treatment techniques at a nearby farm. You will have the chance to see the best methods for lifting a cows leg and restraining it, as well as practice how to pare a cows foot and apply blocks to the hooves
Lunch is provided.