RECORDING l Understanding lameness in dairy cattle

By Dairy Standard Agency on 06 March 2024

The welfare, production loss and health implications of lameness in dairy cattle are well documented.

However, there appears to be a general lack of understanding how and why lameness develops.

The webinar focused on the anatomical and physiological changes that takes place in the hoof that leads to lameness and the various factors that lead to these changes.

Understanding how lameness happens makes it easier to prevent it or treat it.

Download Dr Mark Chimes - Understanding lameness in dairy cows - DSA Webinar - 20 March 2024.pdf

Please note the LINK for the video Dr Mark Chimes showed in his presentation


Dr Mark Chimes qualified as a veterinarian at Onderstepoort, Veterinary Faculty, University of Pretoria in 1986.

After 30 years in private practice, he joined Deltamune Laboratory as their ruminant technical advisor regarding the vaccines and laboratory tests they offered.

In 2016 Dr Chimes joined the Dairy Standard Agency as a milk parlour auditor to assist farmers to comply with dairy quality and safety standards. He visits 80 to 120 dairy farms a year and as a result has developed an intimate knowledge of the various dairy farm management and production systems.

 In 2022 Dr Chimes was appointed as the manager of the Animal Health & Welfare Program of Milk South Africa where he also acts as veterinary advisor.