©2020-2032. All Rights Reserved. Online Journal of Veterinary Research. You may not store these pages in any form except for your own personal use. All other usage or distribution is illegal under international copyright treaties. Permission to use any of these pages in any other way besides the before mentioned must be gained in writing from the publisher. This article is exclusively copyrighted in its entirety to OJVR. This article may be copied once but may not be, reproduced or re-transmitted without the express permission of the editors. This journal satisfies the refereeing requirements (DEST) for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (Australia). Linking: To link to this page or any pages linking to this page you must link directly to this page only here rather than put up your own page.
Online Journal of Veterinary Research©
Volume 24 (6):328-331, 2020.
Effect of grazed versus penned sheep on hoof morphometrics
Taymouri A*. (DVM, PhD), Dehghani S. (DVM, PhD), Meimandi A. (DVM, PhD)
Department of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran
Taymouri A, Dehghani S, Meimandi A., Effect of grazed versus penned sheep on hoof morphometrics, Onl J Vet Res., 24 (6):328-331, 2020. Hoof lesions and lameness reduce milk, meat, wool and fertility in sheep. We compare hoof morphology and lameness in grazed and penned sheep. Hoof from grazed sheep were collected at slaughter, measured and lesions recorded before and after trimming. Hoofs with lesions were X-rayed after trimming to detect changes in digit bones and joints. For penned sheep, gait and limb morphometrics, hoof lesions were recorded as per Greenough, trimmed and then, further lesions recorded. We found that morphometrics before and after trimming changed (P < 0.05) in both groups. Results suggested that gender affected (P < 0.05) morphometrics of hind legs after trimming hooves but not between right and left forelegs. Hind limb morphometry was significantly different (P<0.05) between penned and grazed sheep but no differences in bones and joints of digits by X-Ray. We find that hoof morphometry before and after trimming, changes, suggesting that sheep should be trimmed regularly to reduce lameness.
Keywords: hoof, lameness, sheep, trimming, morphometry.