Dairy Cattle - Lameness (PB4020)


Any injured, ailing or distressed dairy cattle should be treated without delay and veterinary advice sought when necessary. Provision must be made for the segregation and care of seriously sick and injured animals. When the lameness is so severe that the animal has to be destroyed on the farm, this should be done humanely, and, where possible, by a person who is experienced in both the technique and the equipment used for slaughtering the animal

Carefully inspect all animals for signs of lameness before transport.


Further Advice and Information on Animal Welfare

For general advice on prevention and cure of lameness and for advice on specific cases - consult your veterinary surgeon.

General welfare advice on lameness may also be obtained from:

  • The State Veterinary Service (Local Animal Health Office - address and telephone number in your local telephone directory)
  • Specialist consultants


PB No.


0074 Codes of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (Cattle)
0621 Farm Fires: Advice on Farm Animal Welfare
1147 Emergencies on Livestock Farms
1148 Lameness in Pigs
1149 Lameness in Sheep
1151 Lameness in Beef Cattle and Dairy Followers
1381 Guidance on the Transport of Casualty Farm Animals
2531 Summary of the Law Relating to Farm Animal Welfare
2594 Explanatory Guide to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995
3426 FWAC Report on the Welfare of Dairy Cattle

If you would like any further information or advice relating to this code please contact DEFRAs Animal Welfare Division on 020 7904 6512

DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Further copies of this publication are available from : Defra Publications, Admail 6000, London, SW1A 2XX, Tel: 0845 955 600.
(C) Crown Copyright 1008, PB4020
Reproduced for ADLib under Licence April 2004.

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