Lameness Treatment and Prevention

Lameness in dairy herds has a significant impact on production and reproductive performance, as well as causing pain in affected animals. Our highly trained vets and technicians deliver an exceptionally high-quality service which is both safe and efficient. As our client, you will benefit from our advanced mobile hydraulic crushes which are particularly useful for safely examining lame cows and bulls. We can also provide staff training tailored to your individual farm’s needs.

Individual lame cow treatment and herd hoof trimming

Hoof lesions account for 90% of lameness problems in dairy cows. It is critical to identify the type of lesion/s in order to treat cows correctly. Monitoring the specific types of lameness in your cows can indicate which risk factors may be present in your herd. This provides vital clues for lameness prevention.

The Vet Group can make your hoof trimming and treatment easy, safe and efficient with the most up-to-date equipment and knowledge. You will have access to:

  • state-of-the-art mobile hydraulic tipper-crushes
  • mobile WOPA crushes
  • dedicated technicians
  • and our farm services veterinary team.

To discuss your hoof treatment and trimming requirements contact our farm services team on 1300 838 700 or

Lameness investigation

If your herd has more than 6% lameness (6 cows per 100 milking cows in 12 months) it is likely you can improve your profitability by reducing herd lameness. The Vet Group can work with your farm team to investigate herd lameness problems. Monitoring the specific lameness lesions will reveal the factors causing lameness in your herd and an appropriate action plan can then be devised and implemented.

Prevention of lameness

There are many risk factors that can cause lameness in your herd, such as:

  • walking distances
  • track surfaces
  • dairy shed design
  • stockmanship and herd management

The Vet Group can provide training for you and your staff to identify and understand these risk factors. With an increased understanding of the specific causes of lameness in your herd, you can make effective decisions to improve your herd’s hoof health. Contact us for more information on lameness prevention.

On-farm training

We realise some farms will choose to treat their own lame cows.  We offer on-farm training services to ensure you and your staff understand:

  • Foot anatomy
  • How to restrain cows feet efficiently and safely
  • How to diagnose the common conditions seen in South-West Victoria
  • How to treat the common conditions
  • How to correctly trim cows feet
  • How to prevent lameness

Occasionally we also partner with external organisations to deliver group training and conduct on-farm demonstration days for larger groups.  Please contact our farm services team for further information.