Beef cattle in a shed© Tim Scrivener
Foot health is less talked about in the beef industry than in sheep and dairy farming, but the financial losses can be just as significant. Lameness in a beef animal will reduce weight gain and so increase cost of production through longer finishing. Vet Sara Pedersen, a specialist in cattle health and production, says two common causes of lameness in beef cattle are injury and infection. Two of the main infectious causes are digital dermatitis and foul of the foot. […]