Claw form on soft-abrasive walking areas - Practical Experience
Claw form on soft-abrasive walking areas - Practical Experience

Claw form when kept on soft-abrasive walking areas

optimal claw form for cows: high bulbs, claw angle of 50 degrees and dorsal wall length of 7.5 cmNatural walking behaviour means:

  • high activity level

  • physiological gait length, walking speed and weight distribution

Goal:

consistent physiological claw form with a claw angle of about 50° and high bulbs

→ optimal weight distribution and little danger of infection

Prerequisite for correct claw form in the cubicle house:

soft-abrasive walking areas like the pediKURA® system or profiKURA

→ simulate the abrasion in nature with the incorporated abrasive agent corundum and a special surface profile

Claw examinations on the pediKURA® system (20 % of the walking area is covered with pediKURA®) indicate: 1,2,3)

  • Produktbild pediKURA und schematische Darstellung von Klauenabriebconsistent claw angle

  • good claw angle with a high bulb

  • outer claw (longer by nature) with no pressure ulcer

  • slightly raised bearing rim

  • less haemorrhages

  • less Mortellaro

Average claw angle on a pediKURA® experimental farm 1)

chart with development of claw angle from October to April on a pediKURA experimental farm

InfoFurther development of the pediKURA® system: profiKURA

  • optimized claw abrasion throughout the cattle house

  • received the Austrian animal welfare label

Sources:

1) Benz, B.: „Feldversuch mit weichen, abrasiven Laufflächenbelägen in 6 Milchviehbetrieben”, 2009

2) Günther M.: „Vergleich von Klauenentwicklung und Klauengesundheit bei Milchkühen auf Spaltenboden mit teilweise abrasiven elastischen Auflagenund Betonspaltenboden”, 2015

3) Telezhenko, E. und Bergsten, C.: „Soft or hard alternative for claw wear when using rubber mats in the alleys. 16th Symposium and 8th ConferenceLameness in Ruminants, Neuseeland”, 2011

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