AgriAcademy – Lameness: Reduce the Incidents In Your Herd

Start date: ONLINE

Duration: Study at your own pace online

Location: Online

Certificate: N/A

Cost: Free

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

Learning outcomes

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge to save time and money to mitigate the losses associated with lameness on your farm. We will take a closer look at the types of lameness, foot pairing, the environment and hygiene.

  • Lameness Costs
  • The most common lameness conditions affecting the foot
  • Hoof pairing and hoof care
  • Hygiene, housing, Roadways and collecting yards


Section 1 – Lameness Costs

  • Lameness costs – understanding the financial implications

Section 2 –Four most common lameness conditions affecting the foot

  • White Line Disease
  • Sole ulcers
  • Foul in the foot
  • Mortellaro or Digital Dermatitis

Section 3 – Hoof Pairing

  • Overgrown foot
  • Front foot lameness
  • Chronic lameness

Section 4 – Hygiene

  • Cleanliness
  • Foot baths

Section 5 – Hoof Care

  • Hoofcare
  • Lameness game plan

Section 6 – Roadways and collecting yards

  • Roadways
  • Collecting yards

Section 7 –Housing

  • Cubicles
  • Housing hazards

Trainer Profile

Ger graduated from UCD Vet College in 1982 and is a practicing vet partner in Comeragh Veterinary, a mixed, mainly dairy cattle practice, based in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
Completing the Certificate in Dairy Herd Health in 2015 revived Ger’s interest in Bovine Preventive Medicine. The management and control of Bovine Lameness is a field of particular interest to Ger and he has delivered many courses to both vets and farmers on this and related topics.
Ger is an elected member of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the statutory body that is responsible for the regulation of the veterinary profession in Ireland Member of the Animal Health Ireland Lameness Technical Working Group.

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