Foot lameness in dairy goats

G. Christodoulopoulos

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    An outbreak of foot lameness in a dairy herd of 170 goats is described. The herd, that was kept mostly indoors, was attended between December 2006 and November 2007. During this period, 15% of the goats showed lameness with foot lesions and 24% of the goats showed lameness without foot lesions. The foot lesions consisted of cracks and erosions on the horn of the bulbs of the heel that in most cases extended along the internal side of the axial hoof wall. The clinical diagnosis was interdigital dermatitis. Annual milk production was lower in lame goats compared to those that were not lame (P < 0.05). Furthermore, annual milk yield was significantly affected by the type of foot disease present and was significantly lower in cases with foot lesions than in the animals that were not lame (P < 0.05) and also in the lame goats without foot lesions (P < 0.05).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-284
    Number of pages4
    JournalResearch in veterinary science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2009


    • Goats
    • Interdigital dermatitis
    • Lameness
    • Milk production

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • veterinary(all)


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