Digital Dermatitis – is there a way to select cattle to prevent infection?

Digital dermatitis (DD) is an infectious hoof lesion that is one of the leading causes of lameness on farm. There has been substantial research into characterizing, treating and using management strategies to prevent DD. Recent studies out of the University of Guelph have begun categorizing cows as having a high, average or low immune response, which may impact DD infection on-farm.

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This month’s research summary investigates the prevalence of DD in dairy cattle classified as high, average or low immune responders.

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