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Record number 428756
Title A longitudinal study into the effect of grazing on claw disorders in female calves and young dairy cows
Author(s) Holzhauer, M.; Brummelman, B.; Frankena, K.; Lam, T.J.G.M.
Source The Veterinary Journal 193 (2012)3. - ISSN 1090-0233 - p. 633 - 638.
Department(s) Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) digital dermatitis - risk-factors - sole hemorrhages - milk-production - new-zealand - lameness - prevalence - cattle - lesions - netherlands
Abstract To estimate the prevalence of claw disorders in youngstock and first parity heifers and to evaluate the effect of grazing on claw disorders, 10 Dutch dairy herds participated in a 2-year longitudinal study. Five herds were zero-grazed, while in the other five herds cows and youngstock had access to pasture during the summer. Twenty female calves 15%. The prevalence of DD increased considerably around first calving on both the grazing and the zero-grazing farms. The prevalence of IDHE increased with age while SH prevalence showed a more fluctuating pattern. Digital dermatitis was less frequently observed in pastured animals than in permanently housed animals (OR = 0.12–0.64 depending on month of observation; P <0.05), with the strongest effect being seen during the period when the herds which grazed cattle actually had animals at pasture (May to August). Grazing was also associated with lower levels of IDHE and SH, again particularly during the grazing season.
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