10% of cows have knee wounds / bursas with fluid… Why?

10% of cows have knee wounds / bursas with fluid… Why?


Very often we get pictures with lesions, wounds or bursas with fluids on cows. If you see them in your own barn, or in a clients barn, use these questions as a checklist:

- What is the bedding?
- Is there a question of overstocking?
- Are there any cow flow obstructions?
- Are there any bars sticking out on this height (parlour? Cross overs?)
- Do they have the wounds on both sides?

Very likely the cause is lying on wet and hard or abrasive surfaces. This is caused by a lack of bedding material or the lack of a soft bed at all. You see it often in combination with lameness, which makes it worse.

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