Lacerations generally involve wounds of the skin and possibly underlying tissues.
Lacerations may occur in animals striking sharp projections in ramps, gates or laneways during loading or unloading, or when moving between yards or pens.
The appearance of lameness is especially concerning because more serious underlying damage to leg muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments carries a poor prognosis, particularly if flexor tendons and penetration of joints are involved.
Laceration and bruising may result in damage to local blood supply and further necrosis and sloughing of tissue.
Diagnosis is based on clinical examination.
Use low stress animal handling methods to minimise the speed at which animals might hit sharp projections when being moved.
Identify and remove hazards from ramps, gateways and laneways before moving cattle through them.