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Hoof: growth abnormalities

Contributor(s): Nick Bell, Sophie Mahendran , Mark Burnell

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Overview

  • The three main hoof growth abnormalities are:
    • Corkscrew claw
    • Scissor claw.
    • Slipper foot.
  • All of these lesions can range in severity, with mild cases not affecting cattle mobility and severe cases causing severe lameness.
  • Routine foot trimming of cattle will help prevent the progression of the lesions once present, but voluntary culling of cattle with poor foot conformation is often advisable and may be the most economically beneficial option.

Corkscrew claw

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Scissor claw

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Slipper foot

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Blowey R W & Weaver A D (2003) Locomotor Disorders. In: Color Atlas of Diseases and Disorders of Cattle. 2nd Edn. pp 83–122. Oxford. Mosby.
  • Greenough P R (2001) Sand Cracks, Horizontal Fissures, and Other Conditions Affecting The Wall of The Bovine Claw. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice 17 (1), pp 93–110 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Egger-Danner C, Nielsen P, Fiedler A et al (2015) ICAR Claw Health Atlas. 1st edn. Rome.


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