locamotion scoring.

going to get ours independently scored next week.partly for farm assurance partly for "farmer blindness" and partly to give us a benchmark as to where we are for the future.

my question lies around interpretation of the results.Obviously we are aiming for 100% 0s and 1s as a medium term goal but in the mean time what benchmarks should we be using to clarify our results? would there be any supermarket suppliers on here whom would be happy to share the parameters they work to ?

many thanks
lazy
 

Homesy

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Location
North West Devon
Went to a meeting a couple of years ago ran by DHHPS. National average was 23% at 2/3 at any one time. Scoring was pretty strict. The vet said he had never scored a herd with 100% at 0/1.
 

Rossymons

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Location
Cornwall
90% in 0 or 1.

It's the cows in category 2 that I targeted hardest as they have the chance to become either 1 or 3 very quickly. If they're 3 you've had it.

I've been lax and not done it as often as I should have and I'm seeing the difference unfortunately.
 

Jamer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Glos
We are aligned and 1/4ly score independently and generally run in the 2-5% score 2s with no score 3s on the days we have scored. Obviously we get occasional 3s but haven't happened to have one on the scoring day in the last 18mths we have had it scored by outside personnel. Pretty happy with the lameness rates but to keep our feet on the ground we have plenty to improve with regards cc, mastitis, fertility........etc
 

Jamer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Glos
Is locomotion scoring purely for benchmarking and farm assurance to beat us?
When I see a lame cow, I treat her, I don't need locomotion scoring for that. I'm not trying to sound smart or whatever, just not keen on being bossed around by "experts" all the time

I concur, however there is a lot of lameness myopia in the industry and locomotion scoring is being used as a tool to get producers to grasp the nettle. You can see from the retailers point of view they do not want the general public watching lame cows cross the road in front of them while the farm gate has a sign displaying they proudly supply whichever retailer/processor.

As you so rightly point out the key is to deal with lame cows asap and work to prevent but sadly there are plenty who think a shot of pen strep is all that's needed until the foot trimmer turns up in 3 weeks.
 

Sandpit Farm

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NFFN Member
Location
Derbyshire
Is locomotion scoring purely for benchmarking and farm assurance to beat us?
When I see a lame cow, I treat her, I don't need locomotion scoring for that. I'm not trying to sound smart or whatever, just not keen on being bossed around by "experts" all the time

Totally understand, but what is a lame cow? 'Lame' is the wrong term really because by the time they are 'lame', the damage is done. It is those score '1's and '2's that need dealing with quickly. There is a suggestion in the research that lame cows are predisposed to being lame forever so if you can sort/remodel the foot before they get a mechanical problem like an ulcer, it prevents trauma to the delicate cells that produce the horn at the 'quick'. Cows have fat pads in their feet, low BCS cows are more likely to get lame and lame cows are more likely to have a BCS problem so it is a slippery slope.

Believe it or not, farmers are apathetic!
 

jerseycowsman

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Location
cornwall
Totally understand, but what is a lame cow? 'Lame' is the wrong term really because by the time they are 'lame', the damage is done. It is those score '1's and '2's that need dealing with quickly. There is a suggestion in the research that lame cows are predisposed to being lame forever so if you can sort/remodel the foot before they get a mechanical problem like an ulcer, it prevents trauma to the delicate cells that produce the horn at the 'quick'. Cows have fat pads in their feet, low BCS cows are more likely to get lame and lame cows are more likely to have a BCS problem so it is a slippery slope.

Believe it or not, farmers are apathetic!
Yeah, I can see that!
Sole ulcers isn't a problem for us though, I would say we are 75-80% white line, 10-15% foul, 5% general overgrown and and maybe a couple of sole ulcers a year.
Ours are walking up to 3 miles a day, so that's where the white line comes from. Locomotion scoring isn't going to help that. I can see a place for it on housed units, but why we all have to be forced down the same route, I don't know
 
Scored this afternoon
82% 0

8%. 1

9% 2

1% 3

Work to do

had a follow up scoring 6 weeks after the initial visit today.
we had
90% 0

3 % 1

6% 2

1 % 3
some progress.
I have been using the 30 mins saved during the morning milking to trim feet so my day hasn't got any longer. But it does mean I have been doing 2hrs 30 mins trimming a week where as before it may have been an hour or so. I am hoping I will get to the point where the time required will soon drop off.
I have to say I have found the process of independent scoring very motivating but I realise we are all different.
 
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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