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Record number 539819
Title Associating cow characteristics with sub-optimal mobility in dairy cows in Irish pasture-based systems
Author(s) O'Connor, Aisling; Bokkers, Eddie; Boer, I.J.M. de; Hogeveen, H.; Sayers, R.; Byrne, N.; Ruelle, E.; Shalloo, L.
Source In: Proceedings of the 27th EGF General Meeting on "Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands". - Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Grassland Science in Europe ) - p. 765 - 768.
Event Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Grassland Science in Europe ) 27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018), Cork, 2018-06-17/2018-07-21
Department(s) Animal Production Systems
WIAS
Business Economics
WASS
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2018
Abstract Sub-optimal mobility in dairy cows has significant economic and environmental consequences which have yet to be extensively researched or quantified for pasture-based systems. While traditionally lameness was defined by a requirement to treat individual cows, sub-optimal mobility is now being used to identify lameness in pasture-based systems. Compared to cows in confinement systems, cows in pasture-based systems are exposed to different types of mobility issues. While cows in confinement systems are at risk to infectious hoof disorders such as mortellaro, cows in pasture-based systems are vulnerable to noninfectious hoof disorders, such as overgrown claws and whiteline disease. To precisely quantify suboptimal mobility in terms of its impacts economically and environmentally, a clear understanding of the characteristics of a sub-optimal mobility cow is required. Mobility score (MS), hoof disorders prevalence
and body condition score (BCS) were recorded for 7,649 dairy cows and were examined in this study in order to characterise a cow with sub-optimal mobility. Cows with more severe type hoof disorders were significantly more at risk to having sub-optimal mobility; this study shows that both hoof disorders and
BCS are useful indicators of sub-optimal mobility in dairy cows.
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