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BDD information | Screening video | Foot Bathing

Latest NZ News: BDD is here to stay?

For the last 3 years we have been surveying dairy farms in New Zealand and have discovered that Digital dermatitis is indeed present on the feet of a small percentage of cows. It can be found on over 60% of dairy farms but usually only a few mild cases are seen.

What to do:

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.

Foot Bathing

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