Cattle in danger of foot rot

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Livestock producers across the Northern Plains continue to fight one spring battle after another with rain and snow and flooding. Environmental conditions are ripe for plenty of cattle health problems – with producers in the midst of calving season.

Doctor Mike Moore, a professional services veterinarian for Novartis Animal Health, says one problem producers need to watch out for is footrot. As cattlemen know, a problem left untreated can affect the bottom line.

Dr. Mike Moore

While producers can’t control the weather, Moore says there are a few steps that producers can take to prevent or minimize the impact of footrot on their herd – Starting with some of the culprits that often cause foot injuries – rocks, debris and uneven ground. Footrot causes an estimated 75 percent of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle.

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