The effect of lameness before and during the breeding season on fertility in 10 pasture-based Irish dairy herd
Somers, J.R. and Huxley, J.N. and Lorenz, I. and Doherty, M.L. and O'Grady, L. (2015) The effect of lameness before and during the breeding season on fertility in 10 pasture-based Irish dairy herd. Irish Veterinary Journal, 68 (14). ISSN 2046-0481
Official URL: http://www.irishvetjournal.org/content/68/1/14
Background: The effects of lameness on fertility have been documented frequently but few data are available from seasonally breeding, pasture-based herds (such as those used in Ireland) where cows are housed during the winter months but managed at pasture for the remainder of the year. This study determined the prevalence of lameness in a group of 786 cows in 10 pasture-based Irish dairy herds before, during and after the breeding season and assessed the relationship between lameness and the reproductive performance in these herds through serial locomotion scoring during the grazing period.
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