Milk loss from lameness - KRAIBURG Practical Experience
Milk loss from lameness - KRAIBURG Practical Experience

Milk loss from lameness

Based on Locomotion Scoring the resulting milk losses can be calculated

Systematic lameness assessment (locomotion scoring) indirectly shows the claw health status. Lame cows eat less and hence produce less milk. (Source: JoDee Sattler, Midwest Dairy Business, 2002)

Investment in claw-friendly walking areas pays off in a short time!

Milk yield according to locomotion score / lameness

source: Peter Robinson, UCDAVIS

locomotion scoring of dairy cattle by Zinpro

Source: Zinpro

tip: you can easily calculate milk losses from lameness!  

Specifications

Example  A B C
Cows with score 1 (not lame) 50 63 63
Cows with score 2 (mildly lame) 33 30 36
Cows with score 3 (moderately lame) 17 12 18
Cows with score 4 (lame) 13 10 2
Cows with score 5 (severely lame) 7 5 1
Number of cows observed: 120
Milk price: 0,30 €/Liter
Milk production level of the herd: 35 Liter/Tag
Herd size: 120

Results

Example A C
Average
locomotion score
2.1 1.9 1.7
Average daily milk losses 1.46 1.24 0.48 litres/cow
175 148 57 litres/herd
Revenue lost 52.28 44.48 17.18 €/day/herd
19,192 16,236 6,270 €/year/herd

Source: Zinpro

Not taken into account are further costs like: reduced fertility, vet costs, excessive weight loss, withdrawal period from medicinal treatment, increased replacement,...

Bench marks for a healthy herd

Locomotion score goal
1 75 %
2 15 %
3 9 %
 4 0,5 %
 5 0,5 %

Source: Steve Berry, University of California-Davis

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