Research Project Database
Code: 2.18.02
1: 2.18.02
Title: Influence of housing and management on claw health in Swiss dairy goats
2: Influence of housing and management on claw health in Swiss dairy goats
Country: Switzerland
3: Switzerland
Funding Organisation: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
4: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
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Research Organisation: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
10: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
Number of Research Staff (FTE):  
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Cost (Euros): 108961
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End Date (dd/mm/yyyy): 31-05-2020
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Duration (months): 24
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Project objectives and deliverables with estimated delivery dates for each deliverable (if possible): Goats which are mainly kept indoors have a high prevalence of overgrown wall horn due to a lack of horn wear, even if the claws are trimmed several times per year. Overgrown wall horn may result in claw lesions (e.g. hemorrhages due to non-physiological pressure load) and impair the goats’ locomotion behaviour and welfare. Furthermore, overgrown wall horn potentially increases the risk of infectious claw diseases, as manure might adhere underneath the protruding wall horn, which provides optimal conditions for the propagation of various bacteria. In order to be able to take preventive actions, it is important to have detailed information on the occurrence and type of claw diseases on Swiss farms. Therefore, a study on 30 goat farms will explore claw condition, claw diseases, and the impact of overgrown claws on locomotion. Data collection will be conducted twice (autumn and spring) on 20 goats each. Moreover, data on housing conditions and claw trimming will be collected to identify risk factors for non-physiological claw conditions and impaired claw health.
17: Goats which are mainly kept indoors have a high prevalence of overgrown wall horn due to a lack of horn wear, even if the claws are trimmed several times per year. Overgrown wall horn may result in claw lesions (e.g. hemorrhages due to non-physiological pressure load) and impair the goats’ locomotion behaviour and welfare. Furthermore, overgrown wall horn potentially increases the risk of infectious claw diseases, as manure might adhere underneath the protruding wall horn, which provides optimal conditions for the propagation of various bacteria. In order to be able to take preventive actions, it is important to have detailed information on the occurrence and type of claw diseases on Swiss farms. Therefore, a study on 30 goat farms will explore claw condition, claw diseases, and the impact of overgrown claws on locomotion. Data collection will be conducted twice (autumn and spring) on 20 goats each. Moreover, data on housing conditions and claw trimming will be collected to identify risk factors for non-physiological claw conditions and impaired claw health.
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