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Alltech Australia explains simple steps to reducing foot rot and lameness in cattle

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article image Alltech gives advice to help prevent lameness and foot rot in cattle

Lameness can be a serious health issue for cattle.  Alltech Australia explains the common causes of lameness and simple preventative measures that can be followed. 

One of the most common causes of lameness in cattle is foot rot, which is caused by infection to irritated or injured skin between the toes.

Foot rot destroys the tissue between the toes of the infected cattle, causing swelling, abrasions and the spreading apart of the toes.

The main infectious bacteria that cause and further aggravate foot rot are:

  • Fusobacterium necrophorum (primary infection)
  • E. coli
  • Staphylococcus aureus
The main preventative measure against foot rot is to minimise the risk of damage to the skin of the cattle in the first place.  It is important to:
  • reduce risk of skin damage from gravel, rough surfaces and hardened or frozen mud
  • keep pen surfaces as smooth and dry as possible
  • restrict the cattle from standing in mud or water for long periods
  • minimise mineral deficiencies
Deficiencies in selenium, zinc and copper can reduce the integrity of the skin and increase the prevalence of skin rot.

Contact Alltech for information on how introducing its nutritional supplements, such as Optigen, into the diet of cattle can help to prevent lameness and foot rot.

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