After infertility, reproductive disorders and udder diseases, hoof and limb problems are the most common reasons of dairy cow culls. Results from the Efficient Cow project reveal that around 20% of cows were moderately lame at least once during a one-year observation period. Lameness and hoof problems are often associated with pain and therefore their management is also essential for animal welfare reasons. The establishment of standardized documentation and electronic central recording and evaluation of hoof care and lameness data will lead to respective long-term breeding improvements. With the help of electronic aids, possible problems can be detected and early treated initiated. The worldwide standardization of hoof care reports was performed per by ICAR (Working Group on Functional Characteristics, in collaboration with international experts on hoof health) under the direction
of Dr. Christa Egger-Danner (ICAR Claw Health Atlas,
www.icar.org). Partners in project Klauen-Q-Wohl are the consortium of Austrian hoof carers, the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, the Vorarlberg auditing centre, LKV Austria Gemeinnützige GmbH, LKV Carinthia, SEG Informationstechnik GmbH, Tiergesundheitsdient (Animal Health Service) Salzburg and ZAR. Scientific experts from the BOKU, the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and ZuchtData are involved in the project.
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