6 reasons to carry out footbath treatments during the breeding season

(1) Research data from UCD (2004) highlights the cost of a case of lameness to be €280.

Lame cow picThis includes 7% reduction in milk yield, treatment costs, veterinary costs, additional labour handling stock, milk withdrawal, increased culling (11% of cases culled), extra days added to the calving interval and cost of extra services.

(2) International research indicates that cows that become lame within the first 30 days postpartum were associated with a higher incidence of ovarian cysts and a lower likelihood of pregnancy.

(3) Lame cows don’t stand to show signs of heat and are thus harder to detect.

(4) Lame cows tend to eat less for 3 weeks prior to showing clinical signs of maleness and thus are more inclined to be in negative energy balance, which has a negative effect on fertility.

(5) Cows at grass walking on poor roadways can be pre-disposed to being lame.

(6) It is important to prevent the lameness problem, as it means cows will end up taking a number of inseminations to go in calf and this will negatively affect the 6 weeks in calf date.


Osmonds Footbath solution has been specifically designed to care for cows hooves.

Also, for your added convenience we have introduced a new Footbath Mat that can be placed at the exit of the parlour.