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Claw Condition Score – naturally fat padded

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Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State

Lower Saxony and Bremen


Calenberger Straße 2
30169 Hannover

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Claw Condition Score – naturally fat padded

Project description

Claw and limb problems are among the most common causes of losses in dairy farming. Besides premature animal losses as a result of claw and limb problems, lameness of cows present a major problem in dairy herds. But how can the farmer himself recognize problems in the health status of his herd? So far, the method of lameness scoring has been available to him. During lameness scoring lame cows will be detected and treated medically. However, this method will only work when the cow already expresses pain and suffering. Therefore, the aim of this EIP project is to develop a management approach which, unlike lameness scoring, serves to prevent claw problems. Therefore, the established body condition scoring (assessment of body fat reserves) will be extended by the unit claw condition score (assessment of fat inside the claws). Combining these two approaches will serve as an early warning system and can provide crucial information to farmers, veterinarians and hoof care specialists.

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Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Animal husbandry
  • Pest/disease control

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen; LBZ Echem
Zur Bleeke 6
21379 Echem

Phone: 04139/698111

Email: martina.wojahn@lwk-niedersachsen.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer

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