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Effect of forage type on claw horn lesion development in dairy heifers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12672367     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a continuous design study the claw health of 54 Holstein-Friesian heifer calves was recorded from three months of age until six months after first calving (30 months of age). Pre-calving heifers were either fed a wet, fermented grass silage-based diet (WF) or a dry, unfermented straw and concentrate based diet (DU), apart from grazing during their first summer. Approximately one month before calving both groups were fed a silage-based diet and afterwards all received a silage and concentrate lactation ration. Claws were examined four times during rearing, once pre-calving, and four times during lactation. Both white line and sole lesions were significantly worse for WF than DU both during rearing and throughout first lactation although the effect was not as consistent over time for white line lesions. It is concluded that for optimal claw health youngstock diets should not be heavily based on wet grass silage (less than 25% DM).
J E Offer; K A Leach; S Brocklehurst; D N Logue
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comment; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997)     Volume:  165     ISSN:  1090-0233     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. J.     Publication Date:  2003 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-03     Completed Date:  2003-05-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706281     Medline TA:  Vet J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  221-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dairy Health Unit, SAC Veterinary Science Division, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5AE, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed*
Animal Husbandry*
Cattle Diseases / etiology*
Foot Diseases / etiology,  veterinary*
Hoof and Claw / pathology*
Lameness, Animal / etiology*
Severity of Illness Index
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Comment On:
Vet J. 2003 May;165(3):188-9   [PMID:  12672363 ]

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