What is the cause of these hock damages?

What is the cause of these hock damages?

"I noticed that there were a lot of hock damages in this barn and couldn't stand that I didn't know why". That's for the story of this CowSignals friend starts. Luckily, he seems to have found the cause.

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"I started investigating a little more and I think I found the reason. It seems that too many cows are lying with their damaged hock against the divider"

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I believe too that the cause is the divider and probably also the edge on the back of the cubicle.

It's hard to change when you have this system. You want to change the dividers when you're rebuilding the barn. Another thing you can do is add more bedding material.

What do you think? Any other solution that we can consider here? please let us know!

Comments (2)

David Anderson

I agree that this is a facilities management issue. We see these hock lesions commonly in older facilities where the size of cows as outgrown the dimensions of the free stalls in which they're expected to lay. We also see this men housing density is too large for the facility. We also see this in pasture system dairies where cows are brought into tie stalls and have to go through a period of adaptation to the facility. The key is figuring out the cause and then working to match the cows to the facilities or vice versa.

Joep Driessen

David Anderson wrote:
I agree that this is a facilities management issue. We see these hock lesions commonly in older facilities where the size of cows as outgrown the dimensions of the free stalls in which they're expected to lay. We also see this men housing density is too large for the facility. We also see this in pasture system dairies where cows are brought into tie stalls and have to go through a period of adaptation to the facility. The key is figuring out the cause and then working to match the cows to the facilities or vice versa.

Well said!

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