Associating cow characteristics with sub-optimal mobility in dairy cows in Irish pasture-based systems

Aisling O'Connor, Eddie Bokkers, I.J.M. de Boer, H. Hogeveen, R. Sayers, N. Byrne, E. Ruelle, L. Shalloo

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable meat and milk production from grasslands
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland 17-21 June 2018
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages765-768
ISBN (Electronic)9781841706443
ISBN (Print)9781841706436
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2018
Event27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018): Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 17 Jun 201821 Jul 2018
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Publication series

NameGrassland Science in Europe
Volume23

Conference

Conference27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018)
CountryIreland
CityCork
Period17/06/1821/07/18
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O'Connor, A., Bokkers, E., de Boer, I. J. M., Hogeveen, H., Sayers, R., Byrne, N., ... Shalloo, L. (2018). Associating cow characteristics with sub-optimal mobility in dairy cows in Irish pasture-based systems. In Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands: Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland 17-21 June 2018 (pp. 765-768). (Grassland Science in Europe; Vol. 23). Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.