Journal article
Reliability of a subjective lameness scoring system for dairy cows



Publication Details
Authors:
Brenninkmeyer, C.; Dippel, S.; March, S.; Brinkmann, J.; Winckler, C.; Knierim, U.
Publication year:
2007
Journal:
Animal Welfare Journal
Pages range:
127-129
Volume number:
16
Start page:
127
End page:
129
ISSN:
0962-7286

Abstract
Four observers were trained in lameness assessment using a subjective scoring system with five categories, and observer agreement was investigated four times at different stages of training and experience. Inter-observer reliability increased with time and reached acceptable levels in the lost session. Retrospectively simplified versions of the scoring system were satisfactorily reliable already at a fairly low training level. For experienced raters, the original scoring system with five categories is suitable in terms of reliability for on-farm welfare assessment.

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