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Table 1 Description of different stages of bovine digital dermatitis lesion using “M scores”.

From: Modelling the transmission dynamics of bovine digital dermatitis in New Zealand pastoral dairy production systems

M-scoreDescriptor
M0Normal skin
M1Early stage, small (< 2 cm) focal active state. The surface is moist and ragged with mottled red-grey
M2Classical ulcerative active stage, usually large (> 2 cm across). Painful upon palpation
M3Healing stage after antibiotic treatment. The ulcerated surface is covered by dry black scab
M4Chronic stage. The hyperkeratotic lesion can have a proliferative aspect
M4.1Chronic stage with small active M1 focus
  1. As described by Döpfer et al. [17] and adapted by Berry et al. [18].