Research shows that 90% of beef cattle lameness is caused by problems in the foot, with the most common causes being footrot and toe abscesses. Zinpro Corporation – in conjunction with the Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas State University – has developed the Step-Up Management Program.
The cornerstone of this industry-first program is a new locomotion scoring system. The program is designed to help identify the early onset of lameness, and is based on the observation of cattle walking (gait) with special emphasis on head bob and stride length. Connie Larson, Ruminant RNS Manager for North America, explains the goals of Zinpro’s lameness management program and the four-point, locomotion-scoring system.