Solutions line for lameness and digital dermatitis
prevention and treatment in dairy cows
HOOF CARE – SOLUTIONS LINE FOR LAMENESS AND DIIGITAL DERMATITIS PREVENTION AND TREATMENT IN DAIRY COWS
The main foot’s pathologies cause lameness in dairy cow and have a highly negative impact on the herd’s health and consequently on the entire farm’s productivity.
Among the most widespread foot pathologies, the one that certainly creates the most problems is DIGITAL DERMATITIS.
Digital Dermatitis is a disease that causes painful lesions, generally on the heels of the rear feet.
It is a major cause of lameness in dairy cows and a significant problem for the dairy industry, causing reduced animal welfare and economic loss.
An average of 20-30% of all cows has Digital Dermatitis, but may be as high as 80% in a herd.
Usually the same cows experience several cases of Digital Dermatitis, and others never have had a single case.
The risk of developing Digital Dermatitis in the 2nd lactation increases from 7% to 33%, if the cow had Digital Dermatitis in the 1st lactation.
Level of Digital Dermatitis in high yield milk productions is around 20-30%.
SLURRY INCREASES THE HOOF INFECTIONS RISK
In high-yield milk productions, cows and heifers are exposed to skin-damaging waste products’ high levels found in slurry. The waste products include ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and moisture. Healthy and intact skin in the hoof region is very resistant to bacterial infections, but prolonged contact to waste products from the hoof environment weakens the skin and significantly increases hoof infection risk.
BACTERIA’S ELIMINATION IS NOT THE RIGHT APPROACH
Disinfectants or antibiotics are not suitable for hoof treatment in a polluted hoof environment with excessive bacteria’s levels. After such treatments, bacteria will be reduced, but as soon as the cows and heifers reenter the barn, the hoof region will once again be exposed to an overload of bacteria and waste products. The intense formalin’s use, copper sulphate and other biocides have not been able to prevent Digital Dermatitis.
GRANDA TEAM’S ANSWER TO THE DIGITAL DERMATITIS’ PROBLEM
For the DIGITAL DERMATITIS’ prevention and treatment, use a skin protecting agent specifically indicated for the hoof region.
This technology (trade name HOOFOSS) is GRANDA TEAM HOOF CARE line’s part.
HooFoss adds a fully covering layer of active minerals to the problem area. Once formed, the mineral layer will bind hard for several days to nicked and damaged skin. When cows and heifers return to the barn, the active mineral layer will support and protect the skin against damaging waste products. This protection will allow the skin to heal, without being exposed to the harmful hoof environment.
When used continuously, HooFoss will provide ongoing protection and significantly reduce hoof problems.
Anaerobic bacteria release hydrogen sulfide, which breaks down oxygen and creates an oxygen-free zone
on the skin’s surface surrounding the hooves.
Ammonia and moisture breaks down the natural skin’s barrier.
Bacteria penetrate the skin and cause infection.
START TREATMENT WITH HOOFOSS TECHNOLOGY
Hoofoss solution working in 4 steps:
- Cleans the skin from skin-damaging components, such as manure and ammonia
- Breaks down ammonia and hydrogen sulphide on the skin and increases oxygenation to the wound area
- Covers the problem area with a protective crust that supports skin healing
- Forms a resistant mineral layer on the skin that protects the skin for several days
JAN STORGAARD, VILOFOSS biochemist who has been collaborating with GRANDA TEAM for several years, explains how to recognize, classify and quantify digital dermatitis to prevent lameness in ruminants and the right approach to take to eliminate the disease through HOOFOSS solution’s use.
GRANDA TEAM HOOF CARE line’s HOOFOSS solution’s features:
IT’S LIQUID AND READY TO USE
IT CONTAINS MINERALS AND INORGANIC ACIDIC MAINLY BASED ON ALUMINIUM, IRON AND ZINC
IT CAN TREAT ACUTE AND CHRONIC DIGITAL DERMATITIS CASES
APPLICATION IN SPRAYING SYSTEMS AND HOOF BATHS
IT BINDS WITH HIGH AFFINITY ON SKIN, WOUNDS AND COW’S HAIR FOR SEVERAL DAYS
IT HAS A HIGH PROPHYLACTIC EFFECT
The spraying method is the most effective and simple application’s form, which ensures full contact to the hoof region. Spraying is easily combined with the daily work routines. HooFoss does not cause pain or distress in the animals. In the effort to reduce working time, we recommend spraying the rear legs only, as this is the region where most hoof problems arise.
Where spraying action is possible (in milking parlours or in the aisle when cows are captured), use a knapsack sprayer made of durable plastic or stainless steel. For safety reasons, it is recommended to use a sprayer with a long telescopic lance in head lock systems, or similar. Apply a concentrated solution twice per week. Increase the application rate in severe problems’ case.
IMPORTANT: Spray directly HooFoss with powerful jet on the problem area and in the hoof cleft from a distance of approx. 2 cm. Rinse well through and make sure that HooFoss gets deep into the folds and fissures.
Drum: 250 Kg – Tank: 25 Kg
IN HOOF BATH WITH SPECIFIC MAT
If spraying HooFoss is not possible, the product can also be used in hoof bath with specific mat. It is, however, highly recommendable to spray HooFoss at least for a month, before starting up with hoof bath in order to ensure an controlled and optimal effect.
Hoofoss bath: 200 x 85 x 15 cm
Cube: 1300 Kg
Mat: 1.80 x 65 cm