The lesions that cause lameness in dairy cows result in intense pain and are a major animal welfare issue lameness also causes stress which debilitates and reduces productivity the financial impact of lameness includes losses from decreased production cost of treatment prolonged calving . Lameness remains a major cause of disease and economic loss in dairy cow calf and feedlot operations the impact of lameness on fertility productivity and farm economics has been well documented the majority 88 92 of lameness in cattle involves the structures of the foot specifically. Lameness in beef cattle 17 september 2011 lameness in cattle is a serious economic problem there are many causes for lameness it is important that the problem be diagnosed correctly and treated quickly to minimise economic losses said dee griffin beef cattle production management veterinarian. Lameness is leg or foot pain that affects how cattle move there are many different kinds of lameness with many different causes such as genetics environment injury nutrition and a variety of infections. Cattle lameness affects all segments of the beef cattle industry including cow calf operations stockers and feedlots beef producers want healthy cattle to maximize productivity this industry demand brings lameness to the forefront for producers managing feedyard economics and their overall bottom line
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