Around a third of UK dairy cows are lame at any time. Yet research and farmer surveys consistently show that farmers underestimate this prevalence by around 300%. Why should this be so? Human behaviour around the issue of cattle lameness is a fascinating subject. The author will draw from studies he has been involved with as well as those of other UK workers which have been useful to understand more about attitudes and beliefs concerning lameness. He will also illustrate why these factors could be the key to reducing lameness prevalence, and the evidence to support this.
Presented by Owen Atkinson, BVSc DCHP MRCVS (RCVS Specialist in Cattle in Health and Production)
Director and Owner at Dairy Veterinary Consultancy Ltd
Presented at the London Vet Show 2019
BVA Farm Animal Theatre 1
Friday, 15 November at 10:10am