Digital dermatitis is a major challenge to the UK dairy industry, affecting more than 70% of farms (Dawson, 1998). It is a highly contagious condition that affects the skin next to the claws and may even extend to the claws themselves. The extent to which digital dermatitis is affected by different management systems, and its relationship with other hoof health issues remains unclear. The aim of the current study was to assess the effects of different rearing regimes on the occurrence of digital dermatitis in dairy herd replacements. In addition, relationships between digital dermatitis and the severity of other hoof health parameters, including sole lesions, level of heel erosion and locomotion score, were also examined.