If you are a dairy farmer the first thing to do is to be informed about this disease. We have released a new updated information leaflet available (see below).
Next, every farmer should check the feet of their cows - look at the video (below) on how simple this is.
Healthy Hoof Information on BDD (Infectious Lameness) - what to look for and how to treat.
This is a new and emerging problem in New Zealand.
Appearance: A typical case of digital dermatitis goes
through a number of stages.
The early lesion is seen as a moist, light grey brown,
exuding area with mottled hair at the back of the foot.
It has a characteristic foul odour. .....
Open the whole article as a printable pdf document.
If you have a case on your farm check the whole herd for BDD at milking time
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Footbathing is one method of control of this disease.
Footbath information for large grazing herds can be found here.
This article discusses footbathing as a control measure.
More information on this disease is included here:
NADIS information on Digital Dermatitis
This first article gives an overview of the disease.
Digital Dermatitis - Causes, Treatment and Control
updated March 2018