Volkmann, N., Kemper, N. 2018. Claw condition and claw health in dairy cows: how important is access to pasture? Veterinary Record 182(3), 76-78.
Housing cows on hard flooring is associated with increased claw disorders. Pasture access shows a positive effect on claw health, particularly for diseases that are related to moist environments (eg, digital dermatitis). Regular documentation of claw health is a useful disease managing tool and can aid selection processes. Appropriate barn interior and management, as well as regular professional claw trimming (especially during the winter months) are essential for maintaining good claw health of dairy cows, whether on pasture or not.