First awarded in 2018 by the DLG in collaboration with the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians (bpt), the Animal Welfare Award is a special prize for innovations that particularly promote animal welfare. Only winners of a gold or silver medal of the Innovation Award EuroTier 2020 will be considered. Crucial for the selection are innovations in the fields of animal welfare and animal health. Products that promote the exercise of species-specific behaviors and positively support animal health are thus highlighted.
The MS Korund System from Messrs. Schippers pursues a consistently preventive approach to early recognition of hoof changes in the hoof sole and hoof diseases. For the first time a system has been made available that automatically identifies animals requiring attention at a very early stage and guides them to preventive hoof care at the next opportunity. Thanks to this early diagnosis, hoof health can be maintained and hoof problems prevented. For the practical veterinarian hoof diseases are among the most frequently diagnosed health problems in dairy cattle herds. In addition to the frequent occurrence, these ailments are generally very painful and therefore represent massive impairment of the animals’ well-being. Alongside the pain, lameness in the dairy cattle can lead to considerable negative consequences for the animal, such as for example limited mobility and reduced feed uptake or water uptake. With MS Korund a system has been created that has an optimally preventive effect and serves to protect the health and well-being of the cows directly.
The aim of the CBS-System is to identify hoof illnesses at an early stage and to detect lameness in dairy cattle. A combination of the gait pattern and the body condition is used to monitor the herd regularly. Abnormalities and changes in the herd are recorded automatically and objectively and identified at an early stage. Thanks to the prompt identification of changes in the physical condition and lameness, the farmer is enabled to conduct hoof treatment at an earlier stage and thus to maintain animal health and animal welfare in the herd and take specific appropriate countermeasures. Through the linkage to the existing herd management system Herde Plus, all relevant information is saved and documented and is available to the farmer for animal-related and economic evaluations. It is this comprehensive approach in particular that represents a decisive step forward towards early prevention and thus towards greater animal health and improved well-being.