Lameness is one of the biggest problems within the dairy industry with the average cost of an incidence, in terms of treatment costs, loss of yield and potential for shortened productive life of the cow in the region of £180; at current levels of incidence this could equate to a financial loss of nearly £15,000 for an average-sized herd, or to put it another way, a cost of well over 1p per litre of milk produced on the farm. (AHDB)
Leading experts in cattle lameness actively promote the regular use of footbaths, particularly for dairy cows to reduce the incidences of lameness caused by digital dermatitis and such like in the herd.
Recent recommendations include having two footbaths, the first containing just water and the second with the solution. This reduces solution contamination, thus leading to a more effective treatment and reduction in solution usage.
The standard precast concrete footbath that we supply is 4000mm (13’2″) long x 1100m (3’7″) wide x 300mm (1′) deep, but other sizes are available.