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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 7 | Page No.: 1047-1050
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2008.1047.1050
 
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Study on the Prevalence of Dairy Cattle Lameness and its Effects of Production Indices in Iran. A Locomotion Scoring Base Study

A.R. Mohamadnia, M. Mohamaddoust, N. Shams, S. Kheiri and S. Sharifi

Abstract:
In this current study, prevalence of lameness was detected and its changes during different parities, Days in Milk (DIM) and milk production were studies. In addition, effects of lameness on Open Days (OD) and Service per Conception (S/C) were studied. Three dairy farms on three scales (1: Large, approximately 900 milking cows, 2: Medium, approximately 100 milking cows and 3: Small, approximately 20 milking cows) were watched for lameness in 2005-2006. Locomotion Scoring (LS) by Sprecher method (1-5 point scale) has been done by videoing of the animals at the exit of the milking parlor. Videos were reviewed by two expert and mean of the each score used as score of the animal, cows with scores 1 and 2 recorded as non-lame and 3, 4 and 5 as lame cows. The average score of the lameness in autumn and spring recorded as 2.47 and 2.73, respectively that was higher significantly in spring. LS has been increased significantly by increasing parity and DIM, as highest scores were recorded in parity 4 and DIM 240-300. No significant differences between lame and non-lame cows were recorded in according to their milk production. The highest (percent in lame cows) scores were recorded in high producing cows. No significant difference in milk production has been recorded in different LS. However the average production of milk in lame cows were 1.08 L day-1 less that non-lame cows. The average OD of the lame cows was significantly longer (52 days) than non-lame cows. Lame cows needed significantly higher service/conception (one) than non-lame cows. Median of OD and S/C has been increased by LS.
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How to cite this article:

A.R. Mohamadnia, M. Mohamaddoust, N. Shams, S. Kheiri and S. Sharifi, 2008. Study on the Prevalence of Dairy Cattle Lameness and its Effects of Production Indices in Iran. A Locomotion Scoring Base Study. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 11: 1047-1050.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2008.1047.1050

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2008.1047.1050

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