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Mange and udder cleft dermatitis in cattle
  1. Michael Millar1,
  2. Aiden Foster1,
  3. Janet Bradshaw1,
  4. Andrea Turner1,
  5. Roger Blowey2 and
  6. Nicholas Evans3
  1. 1School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  2. 2Appithorne, Minsterworth, Gloucester
  3. 3School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L3 5RF; e-mail:

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Michael Millar, Aiden Foster, Janet Bradshaw, Andrea Turner, Roger Blowey and Nicholas Evans comment: We thank Neil Howie for his response to our letter and for highlighting the need to gain a better understanding of udder cleft dermatitis (UCD), in terms of detection, control and prevention, given that it may be associated with often unresponsive embolic pneumonia.

As stated in our letter, the exact cause of UCD has not been determined, and while treponemes associated with digital dermatitis have been postulated as a possible factor, …

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