Results and costs of treatment for bovine laminitis sequelae: study of 112 lameness cases in lactating cows in free-stall system

P.M. Ferreira R.C. Leite A.U. Carvalho E.J. Facury Filho R.C. Souza M.G. Ferreira About the authors

The results and costs of treatments of feet sequelae of subclinic dairy cattle laminitis were described in 112 cases of lameness in lactating cows maintained in free stall system. The analyses were performed in an one-year-period using 2.5 to 10 year-old, first to sixth parity cows. Average milk yield was 8,000±2,000kg. The treatment protocol was described in details for each digit lesion and it was very successful to reverse all kinds of lesions. The total treatment cost for the herd was US$5,005.23 and the mean cost/animal was US$44.68. The ulcer treatments were costly (US$72.58) and longer (26.8 days). Sole and heel abscesses and white line disease at the foe (64/112 or 57.2%) were most commonly observed.

dairy cattle; laminitis; treatment; cost

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