2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Taking Steps to the Future

2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Taking Steps to the Future, by Dr. Gerard Cramer

Lameness has become a national focus for dairy producers and for consumers. It has become a critical issue both from an animal welfare perspective and more importantly from an economic standpoint.



In order to reduce or eliminate lameness, it takes more than just the dairy producer. Hoof trimmers, veterinarians, nutritionists and even dairy supply companies all play a critical role in helping to tackle lameness. Dr. Cramer will help explain how each of these people can provide part of the solution to lameness and identify the steps needed to develop a successful lameness management program. After graduating in 2002, Dr. Cramer worked at a private practice before returning to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Science. His doctoral research identified level and costs of lameness and foot lesions in Ontario dairy cattle. Currently, he is developing a lameness and foot health management service for producers.