Campus Units

Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

10-2016

Journal or Book Title

Bovine Veterinarian

Volume

2

Issue

7

First Page

6

Last Page

12

Abstract

Bovine digital dermatitis (DD) is a leading cause of lameness in dairy cattle throughout the world. Despite more than 40 years of research, the definitive etio- logic agent associated with the disease pro- cess is still unknown. Previous studies have demonstrated that multiple bacterial species are associated with lesions, with spirochetes being the most reliably identified organism.

According to the most recent National Animal Health Monitoring System survey of U.S. dairy farms, lameness is the second most common health problem identified in dairy cattle. DD was found to be the primary cause of lameness within the study herds, account- ing for 61.8% of the lameness in bred heifers and 49.1% of the lameness in cows. Recently, the condition has become increasingly com- mon in feedyard cattle as well, particularly in heavy cattle nearing slaughter weights, although it can be seen in cow–calf opera- tions as well.

Comments

This article is published as Plummer P and Shearer J. Deciphering Digital Dermatitis. Bovine Veterinarian, October 2016, v.2, n. 7, pp 6-12. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Farm Journal Media

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

Share

COinS