Lameness: The autumn period is where we see the highest incidence of lameness on dairy farms as cows have a lot of walking done over the grazing season, ground and roadway conditions tend to become less favourable and with silage ground coming back into the milking platform cows are asked to walk longer distances.

Research suggests a cost of €300 per cow for each case of lameness. This factors in treatment, production losses and fertility or culling costs.