By Dale Baker
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Expert
Like so much in life, we often don’t fully appreciate something until it’s gone – or no longer works the way it used to. The same is true of hooves, those magnificent cloven appendages that support not only a 1,000-lb lactating dairy or feedlot steer, but thousands of dairy and ranch operations and farm families nationwide.
When hooves don’t work the way they’re supposed to, everyone suffers – from the lame cow which loses up to six pounds of production per day, to the dairy producer who loses about $350 per cow in lost milk, fewer days open, treatment time and labor. One veterinary journal estimates the average case of digital dermatitis costs producers $133 in treatment and production losses.
Clearly, hooves are more than hooves. They’re the pillars of your success. That’s why AgroChem, Inc. is bringing you HoofHealthSolutions.com – a new online resource devoted exclusively to the subject of hoof care for dairy and beef cattle. Here you’ll find the latest research in hoof health, trends in hoof care, and answers to questions on everything from copper footbaths to hairy heel warts.
Got a question or suggestion for our team of hoof care experts? Contact us today. Because healthy hooves are the foundation of a healthy business!
Peggy Coffeen. “How much is lameness costing you?” Agri-View, Feb 7, 2013
E. Cha, J.A. Herti, D. Bar, Y.T. Grohn. “The cost of different types of lameness in dairy cows calculated by dynamic programming.” Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Oct. 2010.