Claw diseases in Holstein and Czech Fleckvieh cows
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Recording of claw and leg health observations in dairy cows is becoming increasingly important for farmers and breeders. In an edited set of retrospectively collected annual data on the prevalence of selected claw disorders and lameness from 161,115 dairy cows of Holstein (H) and Czech Fleckvieh (C) breeds, the relationships between the proportion of diseased cows vs. the breed or rather farm type and parity were analyzed. The prevalence of digital dermatitis, interdigital phlegmon, ulcer and any claw disorder was higher in H cows, both generally and in most parities, as compared to C cows, whereas in the case of white line abscess it was quite the opposite. In fact, the most important finding is the relatively high prevalence of disorders, mainly digital infections, in first-parity cows in C herds, which was higher than in all subsequent lactations.
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