Lameness in dairy cows is a major economic and welfare problem. Interaction between husbandry systems, development of lameness and its biological causes are poorly understood. The project aim is to reduce lameness by identification and application of best practice and an understanding of underlying biological mechanisms. This will contribute to improved welfare, productivity and competitiveness in the EU dairy sector. A multidisciplinary approach using expertise in hoof trimming, housing/husbandry systems, fundamental biological research and quantitative statistic/ will provide an understanding of causes of lameness and will form the basis for sustainable prevention of lameness. Outputs: guidelines for minimal - lameness husbandry systems and training packages for the dairy sector. Socio- economic outcomes: reduced incidence of lameness, improved animal health and welfare, husbandry systems and product quality and increased productivity.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
60 637 Poznan
CM1 3RR Chelmsford