Recording foot lesions

Recording lesions causing lameness

Recording lesions is vital for diagnosing issues at a herd level and also for individual cow care. By measuring types and numbers of lesions, success of implemented changes can be measured too.

Many foot trimmers will have their own computer software on crushes to record data cow-side. It is vital these systems and staff are calibrated with correct terminology for lesions. Having standardised lesion recording systems and defining lesions across all sectors of the industry including farmers, vets and foot trimmers is key to ensuring a team approach to foot health.  It is widely accepted that the definitions detailed in the ICAR foot lesion atlas should be used. 

See below for AHDB recording templates. 

It is vital all parts of the team communicate, the foot trimmer, vet, farmer, farm staff, only then any actions will be fully implemented. 

Fig 7: The team approach is vital

Scoring and recording guides (for standardisation)
To improve recording systems, International standards of recording have been proposed by ICAR.
Recording templates
Professional foot trimming sheet (click here)
Farmer simple foot trimming sheet (foot trimming record sheet)