ABC’s of footbathing!

Footbathing is an effective practice to maintain good healthy hooves in your herd. To find your way around the many recipes and instructions, there’s nothing better than a good factsheet prepared by Canadian experts!

With simplicity, this sheet brings together the main principles regarding construction, footbath management, recommended products, and even a formula to correctly calculate the concentration and the quantity of the product.

It goes without saying that for your particular situation, you should consult your foot health advisor and/or veterinarian for the product to be used and the number of times a week you need to practice footbathing. There is no miracle recipe other than to include this practice in your routine! A well-designed and well-situated location in your barn is a big step towards the adoption of this practice and your success in the fight against digital dermatitis.

Tip: Think about printing and plasticizing this sheet for the attention of the people who care about foot health in your farm. Having it under your nose as a checklist can be useful!

The authors: Dr. André Desrochers, DMV, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal; Steve Adam, agr., Dairy production expert, comfort and welfare, Lactanet; Anne-Marie Christen, M. Sc., Project manager, Lactanet; Dr. André Clavet, DMV, LocoVet Service; Dr. Karin Orsel, DMV, professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary; Dr. Marie-Ève Paradis, DMV, advisory veterinarian, AMVPQ; and Dr. Laura Solano, DMV, Farm Animal Care Consultant & Adjunct assistant professor, University of Calgary.

Thank you to Dairy Farmers of Canada for the graphic design and the dissemination.

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By Anne-Marie Christen, M. Sc.
A graduate of Laval University, Anne-Marie also holds a master's degree in animal sciences. As a project manager, she assists her colleagues at Lactanet in the coordination and realization of projects. She likes to collaborate with partners in the field and producers to move files forward with good humour, action and dynamism.
By Steve Adam agr.

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