“Walking Strong” cover revisions for footbaths and more

Wisconsin State Farmer
A seminar titles Walking Strong focuses on foot health for cattle and will be held March 21 in Alma Center.

ALMA CENTER - UW-Extension Dairy Team members will discuss hoof health topics based on revised recommendations for footbath dimensions from new research conducted at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine.

The program, entitled “Walking Strong” will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Alma Center VFW Post, 111 E. Main St., Alma Center. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

“Walking Strong” is an educational meeting for dairy farm employees focused on dairy cattle hoof health, including economics of dairy cattle hoof health, proper foot wrap application and footbath management.  In addition, basic recommendations for successful milking routines will be discussed.

A footbath is one of the most important tools used on farms to prevent lameness and maintain hoof health. When used properly and paired with a disinfectant, a footbath can prevent and control foot rot and digital dermatitis on dairy farms. Dairy employees attending this meeting will learn of the stages of digital dermatitis, new footbath recommendations, considerations for footbath location, topical treatment and proper foot wraps for infected (stage M2) digital dermatitis on individual cows, and ideas for retrofitting a current footbath.

Speakers include Aerica Bjurstrom Kewanee County UW-Extension Dairy Agent and Sarah Mills-Lloyd DVM, Shawano County Dairy and Livestock Agent. Speaking on recommendations for successful milking routines will be Maria Fuenzalida, graduate student of Pam Ruegg UW Milk Quality specialist.

There is no charge for the program, registration is appreciated for lunch count. The program is open to dairy farm owners/managers as well, and is offered in English and Spanish. Contact the Jackson County UW-Extension office for more information 715-284-4257.