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What is Dairy Cow Lameness Really Costing You?

dairy cow hoof healthBy Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

A lame cow is an economic liability on a dairy farm. On a 500-cow dairy with a lameness incidence rate of 20% and a per-cow cost of $90, lameness can cost a dairy operation $9,000 a year. A Wisconsin study estimated the total cost of a lame dairy cow to be as high as $300 per case.

Why is lameness so costly? Treatment, reduced feed intake, reduced milk yield, reduced fertility and increased labor all play a role.

Identifying lame cows can be problematic. Lameness scoring is a common tool used for managing hoof problems. Cow behavior can also be another way to sort out cows with lameness issues.

Overall, lameness can be minimized by increasing cow comfort, avoiding overcrowding, and developing and maintaining a treatment system. Most dairy producers routinely use footbaths to prevent and treat hoof problems, and minimize the incidence of lameness.

Footbath concentrates like HealMax and HoofMax can be effective tools in the fight against lameness.

HealMax is a biodegradable product which achieves results without formaldehyde or heavy metals. HoofMax optimizes copper or zinc sulfate in the footbath to remain effective even at significantly reduced metals levels.

To learn more about reducing lameness on your dairy operation, talk to your veterinarian or hoof trimmer today.

Study Shows HoofMax Effectively Controls Digital Dermatitis Bacteria at Lower Copper Sulfate Levels

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

HoofMax Footbath Concentrate is widely used to improve dairy hoof health while reducing copper use and expense. A study of HoofMax Footbath Concentrate in an in-vitro system designed to simulate on-farm conditions found it to be a safe and effective means of controlling the bacteria that cause foot rot and digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts), using low levels (5 to 10 lbs) of copper sulfate. View the complete study here.

How To Use HoofMax For Best Hoof Care Results

A Sample Program To Get The Best Results From Your Footbath

By Dale Baker
AgroChem Hoofcare Technical Expert

Dairy producers today know the importance of using footbath additives correctly to achieve best results from their hoof health program. Here is a sample program using the HoofMax additive from AgroChem for copper and zinc sulfate footbaths for best results .

3 Easy Steps For Best Results When Using HoofMax

Measurements and simple math calculations are all that is needed. Once you know your footbath capacity, you can determine the proper amounts of copper sulfate and HoofMax needed to obtain optimum benefits.

1. Determine footbath capacity

Multiply the length, width, and height of the footbath in inches then divide by 231:

L x W x H ÷ 231 = footbath capacity in gallons

2. Determine the amount of copper sulfate (Cu) needed

The amount of copper sulfate needed depends on your current Cu usage and your footbath size. A good rule of thumb is to use from 50-60% of the current amount of copper. The chart below will help:

Current Cu usage less than 25 lbs per 50 gallon capacity:

Footbath size <50 gal, 10-12 lb Cu

Footbath size   50 gal, 10-15 lb Cu

Footbath size >50 gal, Add additional 2 – 2.5 lbs copper for every 10 gallons above 50 gal capacity

Current Cu usage greater than 25 lbs per 50 gallon capacity:

Footbath size <50 gal, 12-15 lb Cu

Footbath size   50 gal, 15-25 lb Cu

Footbath size >50 gal, Add additional 2.5 – 5 lbs copper for every 10 gallons above 50 gal capacity

3. Determine the amount of HoofMax needed

The amount of HoofMax to use for best results is determined by multiplying 12 oz HoofMax by every 100 cow passes:

12 oz HoofMax x Every 100 cow passes = Total ounces of HoofMax needed

The maximum cow passes for 50 gallons of water is 500; the maximum cow passes for 100 gallons of water is 1000.

Example: HoofMax & Copper Protocol For Best Results

To illustrate, let’s say you have 300 cows and are currently using 20 lbs of copper per bath that measures 32″ wide by 66″ long by 5″ in height.

32 x 66 x 5 ÷ 231 = 45.7 gallon footbath capacity

According to the chart above, the amount of copper sulfate needed for a 45.7 gallon capacity footbath for your farm is between 10 and 12 lbs. Next, take the number of cow passes (300) and calculate the amount of HoofMax needed by multiplying 12oz by 3 (1 for every 100 cows to pass).

12oz x 3 = 36oz of HoofMax

For maximum hoof hardness and minimum hoof rot, this protocol should be run at least 3 to 4 consecutive days per week if it is the only hoof bath product being used.

Be Confident You Are Getting The Best Results From Using HoofMax

Hoofmax, the original additive for footbaths based on copper or zinc sulfate, not only allows producers to reduce their copper sulfate usage, but it also reduces the overall cost of their footbath program. Even when the bath is heavily loaded with manure and urine, HoofMax optimizes footbath chemistry to significantly increase the potency of copper or zinc sulfate and enables the copper to continue working. This allows you to use less copper and change the bath less frequently.

Contact your dealer or an AgroChem representative for help in determining copper availability for each farm’s individual protocol.