Lameness in dairy cows can have a significant effect on a businesses' bottom line, with vets suggesting that each case has a cost implication of $400-500, made up of increased labour, vet bills, drugs and of course lost production.
Early intervention reduces the duration and severity of lameness although its not always possible to eliminate it, Shoof says.
The blocks are for use when lameness is detected early. They are a new style claw prosthetic made from ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), a product more commonly used in the supports of running shoe soles.
Used with a fast drying cyanoacrylate adhesive, Walkease offers a fast and effective way to address lameness early.
It works by elevating the affected claw, allowing the animal to transfer weight to the healthy claw. This speeds recovery via increased mobility and function (a reduction in locomotion score).
Blocks compress down naturally over 10-14 days of wear so the healthy claw suffers no ill effects.
The blocks are claimed inexpensive, easy to fit and make for quicker recovery.