Cattle in danger of foot rot


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.