Footbathing and Lameness: Effective management for dairy cows

Published 19 May 09

Footbathing and Lameness

An honest appraisal of your existing system will help to identify areas where there is scope for improvement, as well as confirming aspects which are satisfactory. Regular footbathing is beneficial to cows' health.

Every effort should be made to do the job as effectively as possible, with minimum disruption to the daily milking routine.

In this way both staff and cows can accommodate footbathing into the system, on a long-term basis, which is often the approach required to combat a problem as persistent as digital dermatitis.