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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Health - Lameness

Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Cows and concrete are a difficult combination. Despite the clear benefits of concrete for managing housed cows, it is not a very comfortable standing surface and can be h...

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Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Smooth, slippery concrete can reduce cow mobility and oestrus activity and can potentially lead to lameness and injury. Concrete grooving is commonly used to improve cow...

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Cow Comfort Report

Cow Comfort Report

As part of Kingshay's exhibit at the 'Livestock Event' and 'The Dairy Show' last year, farmers filled in a survey assessing levels of cow comfort on their farm. The Cow C...

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Dairy Costings Focus Report 2017

Dairy Costings Focus Report 2017

Kingshay’s sixth edition of the annual Dairy Costings Focus Report reviews milk price trends to March 2017 and ranks data by feed cost, yield from forage, region, yield...

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Digital Dermatitis Farming Note

Digital Dermatitis Farming Note

Since it was first recorded in the UK in 1984, digital dermatitis has become endemic in herds and is a significant welfare and economic concern.  Previously just thought...

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Foot Diseases Farming Note

Foot Diseases Farming Note

Early identification of foot problems in your dairy cows enables cost effective and rapid treatment, whilst effective management can limit the number of problems that occ...

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Foot Trimming Farming Note

Foot Trimming Farming Note

The Kingshay Herd Health Report showed that 69% of dairy herds following a planned foot trimming regime. An effective foot trimming routine will reduce the incidence of l...

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Footbaths Farming Note

Footbaths Farming Note

Lameness is the third highest cause of culling in Kingshay Health Manager recorded herds and costs an estimated £205 per case. The top 25% of farmers see 24 cases of lam...

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Mats & Mattresses Report Tried & Tested

Mats & Mattresses Report Tried & Tested

The Kingshay Cubicle Demonstration Unit has been allowing farmer members to test out different cubicles and mats and mattresses that are on the market since the first sec...

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Mobility Scoring

Mobility Scoring

Regular mobility scoring allows realistic assessments of herd-level lameness to be made and provides the basis for lameness eradication. Recent studies at Nottingham Vet ...

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Sole Bruising and Sole Ulcers

Sole Bruising and Sole Ulcers

Sole bruising and sole ulcers are painful lameness conditions, and studies have shown that unfortunately once damage has been done it is unusual for cows to be fully soun...

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