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NZCOWMAN
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I fixed this cow's foot a week ago, still lame.

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NZCOWMAN
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I got rid of rocks, still lame

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Anna
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Have you checked if it's not foot rot? 

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Anna
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wooden shoes or rubber ones?

We are using the rubber ones and they keep coming off.

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Farmerjo355
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Sometimes it's not just the rock itself but the damage the rock did on the way in. Check for bruising on the sole of the foot, check the white line and make sure that you flare out any holes that you've made while digging out the rocks. Give her a few days and if she still is lame, chances are that you've missed something... even the smallest fissure can be something big in a foot. Also run your fingers right up between her toes and make sure it doesnt smell infected. Still not sure? Get a second oppinion.

 

Best of luck!

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Anna
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That's right, It's not always the rock.  I'm guessing it's more likely digital dermatitis. 

The infection may get deeper into the hoof, causing erosion and under-running of hell horn, especially if left untreated.

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Farmerjo355
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Hi Anna,

If you've got the time, could you please explain digital dermatitis to me, I haven't heard the term before.

 

Cheers

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Farmerjo355
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We use ABS ones. Made by shoof, I think. They're reliable though, kept on using epoxy resin

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Anna
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I used to think it's the same as footrot, but it's a bit different.

footrot- visibly swollen

digital dermatitis - infections on the skin layer at first usually result in ulcers or warts. If a cow tries to walk on her toes and shakes her feet while stood, then you might want to check if she has got digital dermatitis. from my experience, many times they are in the rear feet, I don't know why.

It's important to have the yard washed every milking because it can spread easily in dirty conditions.  you don't want an outbreak. 

Having a footbath is not a bad idea.

 

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Anna
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Walkease (shoof) is not too bad,, they get thin and disappear in a month but.

I never heard ABS. its good?

We have a lot of lame cows (bad race and old cows). constantly fixing feet. 

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NZCOWMAN
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Just wanna let everyone know that she walks fine now. 

I still don't know why it took such a long time for her to walk straight.

She's wearing shoes now : )

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