Economic losses due to clinical lameness in dairy cattle

Enting, H. and Kooij, D and Dijkhuizen, A.A. and et al, . (1997) Economic losses due to clinical lameness in dairy cattle. Livestock Production Science, 49 (3). pp. 259-267.

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Effects of clinical digital diseases on milk production, calving interval, culling rate and incidence of other diseases were derived from data on 2183 cows and 6273 lactations, routinely collected by veterinarians on 21 dairy farms served by the School of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, Netherlands. Effects that could not be obtained from the dataset (i.e., fluctuations in live weight, labour requirement and treatments) were derived from literature. All physical effects were built into a Partial Budgeting model to calculate the economic losses on the farms. The results showed that the average losses from clinical digital diseases per foot-lame cow were NLG 230 per year. The incidence in these herds averaged 21%, resulting in a loss of almost NLG 50 per average cow present in the herd. This equals 4–5% of a typical income on Dutch dairy farms, and ranks third after mastitis (NLG 150 per cow) and fertility problems (NLG 125 per cow). Differences in losses among farms were found to be even greater than the average losses, indicating that there is potential for improvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dairy cattle; Lameness; Economic losses
Author Affiliation: Department of Farm Management, Wageningen Agricultural University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, Netherlands
Subjects: Animal Husbandary > Live Stock
Animal Husbandary > Veterinary Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Balakrishna Garadasu
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2013 14:50
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 14:50
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