A field evaluation of a footbathing solution for the control of digital dermatitis in cattle

Logue, D.N., Gibert, T., Parkin, T. , Thomson, S. and Taylor, D.J. (2013) A field evaluation of a footbathing solution for the control of digital dermatitis in cattle. Veterinary Journal, 193(3), pp. 664-668. (doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.06.050)

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Footbathing is one of the most commonly used methods for controlling digital dermatitis (DD). A farm-based trial was undertaken using six dairy herds involving over 600 cubicle-housed Holstein-Friesian cattle. Split footbaths (length 2.2 m) were used to compare the efficacy of two dips, namely, a positive control (5% copper sulphate) and a non-heavy metal-based proprietary dip. The dips were used from early January 2009 for a minimum of 103 days, bathing twice a day for 3 consecutive days every week, using one footbath (three herds) or two in line (three herds). The lesions of DD on the hind feet of cattle were scored by borescope while the animals were being milked, on three occasions (at approximately days 0, 55 and 110) and then compared both directly and by calculating the change in severity from the previous examination (when possible). Data from the 408 cows that had their feet examined for lesions on all three occasions were analysed separately. <p/>A reduction in lesion score was seen for both footbath products, but feet bathed in 5% copper sulphate improved more (OR = 1.6, CI: 1.14–2.32; P < 0.01), and, irrespective of solution, there was a significantly greater improvement in those herds where two footbaths were used (OR = 3.39, CI: 2.07–5.19; P < 0.001). Lesion improvement over time also increased with lactation number (OR = 1.13, CI: 1.02–1.25; P < 0.05).

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parkin, Professor Tim and Logue, Professor David and Thomson, Miss Sarah and Taylor, Prof David and Gibert, Mr Thomas
Authors: Logue, D.N., Gibert, T., Parkin, T., Thomson, S., and Taylor, D.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Journal
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd
Published Online:04 August 2012

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