21-03-2014 01:07 AM | USA

Veterinarians call for attention to lameness in beef cattle

When animal health issues are considered, lameness has gained increased attention in the beef cattle industry in recent years. There are a number of factors driving this shift in emphasis, but tops among the reasons are animal performance, health and well-being, said beef specialists with universities in Nebraska and Kansas.

"I don't know that lameness, in general, has increased, but there definitely is an increased emphasis," said Dan Thomson, DVM, and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. "It's one of those things we can grab a hold on, prevent through nutrition, prevent through proper cattle handling and proper facility design, and treat once it happens and do some good for the animals and the industry."
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