Regestered Dairy Cattle Mobility Scoring

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Lameness is an important cause of poor welfare and economic loss in the UK dairy industry. There is a need to measure lameness on individual farms to increase awareness and to be able to manage it successfully. There have been many initiatives to improve the mobility of the UK dairy herd but the lack of reliable and consistent scoring has hampered progress.
AHDB have developed a method for mobility scoring which is the industry standard in the UK and is the only methodology than can be used by members of the RoMS.
The RoMS is an independent, self-regulatory body which encourages the widespread use of standardised, independent mobility scoring conducted by trained and accredited scorers on UK dairy farms.
The aims of the RoMS are:
To improve the mobility of the UK national dairy herd by
Improving the quality and accuracy of mobility score data provided to producers and their agents.
Providing standardised high quality data on the mobility of cows on UK dairy farms over time
To be as inclusive of, and reactive to, the mobility scoring requirements of all key stake holders in the dairy supply chain. To this end, the founding committee has representatives from the dairy farming, veterinary and foot trimming sectors.

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