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Systematic lameness assessment (locomotion scoring) indirectly shows the claw health status. Lame cows eat less and hence produce less milk. (Source: JoDee Sattler, Midwest Dairy Business, 2002)
Investment in claw-friendly walking areas pays off in a short time!
source: Peter Robinson, UCDAVIS
tip: you can easily calculate milk losses from lameness!
|Cows with score 1 (not lame)||50||63||63|
|Cows with score 2 (mildly lame)||33||30||36|
|Cows with score 3 (moderately lame)||17||12||18|
|Cows with score 4 (lame)||13||10||2|
|Cows with score 5 (severely lame)||7||5||1|
|Number of cows observed: 120|
|Milk price: 0,30 €/Liter|
|Milk production level of the herd: 35 Liter/Tag|
|Herd size: 120|
|Average daily milk losses||1.46||1.24||0.48||litres/cow|
Not taken into account are further costs like: reduced fertility, vet costs, excessive weight loss, withdrawal period from medicinal treatment, increased replacement,...
Source: Steve Berry, University of California-Davis
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