“This association can be best picked up with freshly calved heifers coming into the milking group for the first time,” said Blowey.
“If they are overly thin, then the digital cushion on which they walk will be likewise affected. And, as a consequence, these animals will be more prone to lameness-related problems. The same principle holds with mature cows.”
Blowey will also be discussing the impact of digital dermatitis on dairy cow performance.