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14th December, 2017

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.