414 Research paper – Daros – 2020 – The relationship between transition period diseases and lameness

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414 Research paper – Daros – 2020 – The relationship between transition period diseases and lameness

414 Research paper
The relationship between transition period diseases and lameness,feeding time, and body condition during the dry period
by Daros, R.R., Eriksson, H.K., Weary, D.M. and M.A.G. von Keyserlingk
2020 Journal of Dairy Science 103: 649-665
In Significant Impact Groups:
Precision Livestock Farming & Early detection \ Sensor technology
Species targeted: Dairy;
Age: Adult;
Summary:
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Country: Canada
This research did record feeding time by placing cameras by the feed bunk and using different digital systems. Lameness was scored as well as body conditions score. The results support the hypothesis that lamenessduring the dry period is associated with transition diseases. Lamenessidentified 2 mo before calving was associated withincreased risk of transition diseases, highlighting the importance ofscreening cows for lameness around dry-off. One of the mechanisms throughwhich lameness may be associated with TD is through decreased feeding time; throughout the dry period, lame cows spent less time feeding than sound cows, andlower feeding time was in turn associated with higher odds of transition diseases. These results suggest that reducing lameness during the dry period and avoiding overconditioning at dry-off may improve transition health.
414 Research paper – Daros – 2020 – The relationship between transition period diseases and lameness feedin time and body condition during the dry period
https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2019-16975; https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2019-16975