Lameness and hoof trimming

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South East Vets
314 Commercial St West
Mount Gambier
SA 5290

08 8725 5855
08 8723 0033


Lameness in dairy herds has a significant impact on production and reproductive performance, as well as causing affected animals to suffer considerable pain and discomfort. Our highly trained vets are able to examine and treat lame cows using the most up-to-date equipment. As a result, we deliver an exceptionally high quality service which is both safe and efficient. As our client, you will benefit from our advanced mobile crush which is useful for safely examining and treating cows and bulls for lameness.

Services we can offer to you

  • Herd hoof trimming
  • Individual lame cow treatment
  • Prevention of lameness
  • Lameness investigation

 Herd hoof trimming

South East Vets will make your hoof trimming and treatment easy, safe and efficient with the most up-to-date equipment and knowledge. We currently use a Riley hydraulic Tipper crush and 240 v powered angle grinders to get the job done with ease and with as little impact to your stock.

Individual lame cow treatment

Damage within the hoof leads to 90% of lameness problems in dairy cows. Identification of the type of lesion is critical for the correct treatment to be applied. The type of lesion can also give vital clues for lameness prevention.

Prevention of lameness

There are a number of risk factors that can cause lameness in your herd. We can provide training for you and your staff to understand and identify these risk factors which will help you manage and prevent herd lameness. With an increased understanding of the specific causes of lameness in your herd, you can make effective decisions to improve your herd's hoof health. Contact us for more information on lameness prevention and treatment.

Lameness investigation

If your herd has more than 6% lameness (6 cows per 100 milking cows in 12 months) it is likely you will be able to improve your profitability by reducing herd lameness. Monitoring the specific lameness lesions will reveal the factors causing lameness in your herd and an appropriate action plan can then be devised and implemented.