Very interesting cow signals we received from our CowSignals Community. This cow is standing in the drinker in the middle of the barn. What could be going on here? What is she telling us?
Our first thought was that it was laminitis and that she was cooling her hoofs. However, in this case that wasn't it, they let us know that the hoofs look great. However, it is +40 degrees in the shade. So beware of heat stress!
There's also another signals here: a cow standing alone. A cow is a herd animal, so always give her some company.
Can you think of any other reason this cow could be standing in the drinker? Please share your thoughs below!
Though it turned out not to be laminitis in this case, our cows’ hooves are the weakest link in their health and welfare. Cows that become lame - even slightly - will eat, drink and lie down less. They will therefore produce less milk and it will be more difficult to get them in calf. Plus they will need additional attention and work on an ongoing basis. Learn how to focus on prevention, so your time won't be consumed by the treatment of lame cows anymore.
UPDATE: Extra pictures by Jan Hulsen
Read also Jan's comment below!