Scanning cows reveals embryonic death after hoof paring
On a farm visit outside Dungiven, Co. Derry, I scanned a herd of cows where routine hoof paring had been completed. A number of the cows presented with severe lameness and were bandaged for same. Indeed, some of these animals had been inseminated and the scan revealed embryonic death that occurred precisely 2 days earlier which was associated with a visit for hoof paring. When cows are lame the acute stress associated with hoof pairing may exacerbate the risk of embryonic mortality.