The Feet First® team has developed a locomotion scoring system that uses a simple 0 to 3 scale to assess the severity of lameness in sows. The locomotion scoring system is based on the observation of sows standing and walking. It is intuitive and easy to learn and implement. Learn more about locomotion scoring sows.
Claw Lesion Identification
The most common claw lesions within a sow herd can vary based on several factors including management, nutrition and genetics. The lesions of greatest concern are those that penetrate the horn wall into the corium of the foot and cause an inflammatory response, since these lesions cause pain and locomotion problems. Learn how to identify the seven most common claw lesions in sows.
Claw Trimming Fundamentals
Claw trimming has been shown to benefit sows that experience lameness caused by unequal weight bearing on overgrown toes and dew claws. In addition, correction of existing claw lesions may further benefit sow performance. Watch the Feet First Pig Hoof Trimming video to learn about the five-step technique developed by the Feet First® team — which helps to minimize swine lameness.
Feet First® Chute
Decreasing lameness through the identification, treatment and prevention of painful claw lesions is necessary for the comfort of sows and the productivity of swine operations. The Feet First® Chute, from Zinpro Corporation, provides a safe, stress-free way to easily lift sows and gilts and inspect their feet. Learn more about the Feet First Chute.
The Feet First® Team
Feet First®, from Zinpro, is an international collaboration of researchers, veterinarians and nutritionists whose mission is to further advance the swine industry through the identification and prevention of lameness. We invite you to take a few minutes and meet the Feet First team.