The lesions that cause lameness in dairy cows result in intense pain and are a major animal welfare issue lameness also causes stress which debilitates and reduces productivity the financial impact of lameness includes losses from decreased production cost of treatment prolonged calving . Lameness in cattle is a serious economic problem there are many causes for lameness it is important that the problem be diagnosed correctly and treated quickly to minimise economic losses said dee griffin beef cattle production management veterinarian a review of the records from five large . 1 lameness in cattle rules of thumb david c van metre dvm dacvim college of veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences colorado state university. One of the most common problems presented to bovine practitioners is lameness in many cases the lameness is chronic because it is common for beef producers to treat lameness problems with antimicrobials before presenting the animal to a veterinarian antimicrobial therapy usually will cure most . The best way to help a lame cow bull or calf is oftentimes a tricky decision for a cattle producer whenever possible these decisions should be based off at least a preliminary diagnosis of the cause of lameness going down the wrong treatment path at best can lead to wasted time and expense and at worst will lead to a deterioration of the condition
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