AABP Seminar 9A, "Bovine Lameness – Beef," will take place Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Seminar 9B, "Bovine Lameness – Dairy," will take place Aug. 18, at the AABP-AVC meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.

The objective of the beef lameness (9A) seminar is to provide practitioners and others with an interest in lameness with practical information and solutions to foot problems and foot care in beef cattle. Using the hear one, see one, do one approach, classroom information will be reinforced in hands-on laboratory exercises to make practitioners more comfortable with lameness disorders in both the cow/calf and feedlot setting.

Topics to be discussed will include claw trimming of bulls prior to turn-out on pasture, use of foot blocks for weight relief on injured digits, diseases of the sole and hoof wall, options for treatment of deep digital sepsis conditions and management of infectious skin disorders of the foot. Laboratory exercises will include foot trimming and knife sharpening techniques, proper positioning and application of foot blocks for relief of weight bearing on injured claws, surgical procedures for digital sepsis conditions and practical procedures for management of fractures and upper leg injuries in beef cattle.

The purpose of the dairy lameness (B) seminar is to provide participants with the latest information on pathogenesis and treatment of lameness conditions in dairy cattle. Sessions will deal with multiple topics including: the prevalence/incidence of lameness, economic consequences of lameness in individual animals and on a herd basis, methods for detection of lameness by locomotion scoring and other means, new information on pathogenesis of lameness suggesting links to cow comfort during transition, a possible connection between lameness and body condition in early lactation, and underlying causes of toe abscesses in cattle.

Speakers will also address pain management including a review of intravenous regional anesthesia techniques and therapy for the abatement of post surgical pain. Common surgical procedures such as claw amputation, treatment of retroarticular space abscesses, ankylosis techniques and management of upper limb injuries will also be addressed. Finally, since infectious disorders of the foot skin continue to be major problems in many herds, speakers will also share thoughts on footbaths and footbath management techniques to manage these conditions. In short, this will be one of the most comprehensive lameness programs ever offered as a pre-convention seminar.

View a full description and registration information at  www.aabp.org. Pre-registration ends July 15.