Foot and leg soundness are important traits that can contribute to longevity in your herd. Just like other phenotypic traits such as calving ease, weights, udder scores and carcass merit, we must measure and document observations in order to improve and advance our genetics.
The first step to improving a trait is recording baseline measurements, and foot and leg soundness are no exception. The RAAA Foot and Leg Task Force assists members through education and practical tools to inspect and document the foot and leg structure of their individual cattle.
A common theme of genetics and management is education. Please complete the foot and leg educational training to begin the foot and leg scoring process.
Foot and Leg Scoring Guidelines Feet and leg soundness are important traits that can increase longevity in the herd. The Beef Improvement Federation on has recommended the collection of three feet and leg phenotypes to obtain data on structural soundness. These phenotypes include hoof claw shape, hoof angle and rear hock angle.