Franklin Vets can treat your herd on the farm with our mobile lameness service. We use a mobile crush and angle grinder to allow for economically priced handling of large numbers of lame cows.


Early and effective treatment will reduce production loss and weight loss and have your cows back in the herd sooner.

Franklin Vets supports the Healthy Hoof Programme for the prevention of lameness in conjunction with education, training and hands on treatment.

Lameness is the third most important cause of economic loss behind reproduction and mastitis. It is caused by many factors, differentiating between individual cows and farms. If lameness is a problem in your herd, it could cost you a significant amount of money in the long term.

Lameness costs on average around $350 in treatment costs, lost production, reduced reproductive performance and increases chances of being culled. However, it can cost considerably more.  For example, a cow with serious lameness around mating that ends up empty will cost around $1000 – the difference in value between an in-calf cow and a cull.
In partnership with Dairy NZ Franklin Vets is a provider of the Healthy Hoof Programme to help dairy farmers reduce the incidence of lameness.

The programme focuses on prevention of lameness in conjunction with education, training and hands on treatment.

There are two options available:

Introductory Course

This is aimed at new staff members with little hands on experience of treating lame cows. Seminars start with a theory session, covering all basics of lameness, diagnosis and treatment. A follow up practical session on the farm using real lame cases allows you to put theory into practice. Benefits of this course go beyond treating current cows. Staff performance is improved due to the education and training provided. The trained specialists will give you and your farm staff the confidence to recognise and address lameness.

Intermediate Course

This is designed at workers and farmers with basic lameness skills who want to learn more. The emphasis is around hands on treatment of lame cows on your farm. Dairy NZ have put a significant amount of resources behind the programme for follow up documentation, including detailed notes on treatment, recording sheets and handy field guides.

Contact your local Franklin Vets to inquire about the long-term solutions we have available.