Associations between locomotion, claw lesions and nociceptive threshold in dairy heifers during the peri-partum period.

@article{Whay1997AssociationsBL,
  title={Associations between locomotion, claw lesions and nociceptive threshold in dairy heifers during the peri-partum period.},
  author={Helen Rebecca Whay and Amber Waterman and A. F. Webster},
  journal={Veterinary journal},
  year={1997},
  volume={154 2},
  pages={155-61}
}
The locomotion of 15 heifers was examined at fortnightly intervals over a 4 month peri-partum period. Measurements were made of the development of gait abnormalities, thermal and mechanical nociceptive thresholds, and severity and size of sole lesions observed in the hind claws. All heifers developed lesions at, or shortly after, parturition, and in seven animals this induced marked lameness. Abnormalities of gait were related more to the severity than to the size of the lesion. Lameness was… CONTINUE READING

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