Category Hoof Trimmers Association

Hoof Trimming & Timing

Dairy cow footbathWe all know that routine checks and hoof trimming can help to prevent lameness on your dairy. We recently sat down with Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson, our hoof care experts with a combined total of 65+ years of hoof trimming experience, to ask them some important questions on hoof trimming and timing.

 How often should I be trimming my herd?

There is a significant difference between hoof-checking your herd and hoof-trimming your herd. We recommend checking every cow in your herd twice a year. If Digital Dermatitis, foot rot or heel erosion are ongoing issues, you will need to increase the frequency your hoof care routine. Trimming is only needed if there is overgrowth and should be done as needed.

Is hoof trimming necessary?

The simple answer is YES! The whole idea behind consistent hoof trimming is to keep your cows balanced as much as possible. Trimming keeps your cows balanced to bear weight on all claws evenly. When the weight is evenly distributed, your cows will be more comfortable, and comfortable cows produce more milk.

Do I need a hoof inspection or hoof trimming?

There is a difference between hoof inspections and hoof trimming. You should have your herd inspected at least 2 times each year. Trimmings are only necessary when there is overgrowth.

Does every claw need to be trimmed?

No, not necessarily. Every cow will be different. You may not trim something off every claw; only those claws that need trimming should be trimmed.

How could I find a good hoof trimmer?

You will want to find a quality hoof trimmer to ensure the hoof health on your dairy. Talk to other dairymen, area veterinarians and nutritionists and see who they recommend. Once you have some recommendations, do your research. Check their background and coursework and see if they are still currently in continuing education courses.

Footbath concentrates like HealMax and HoofMax from AgroChem are designed to obtain results and promote hoof health for reduced risk of disease and lameness. HealMax remains effective in higher temperatures and won’t flash-off like formaldehydeHoofMax optimizes footbaths based on copper or zinc sulfate to achieve good control with less heavy metals and expense.

Visit Us at the Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners!

img_0031By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

If you’re at the Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners this weekend, stop by the AgroChem booth! Both Dale and Chip are available to talk about hoof care solutions for your dairy operation. Learn more about how HealMax and HoofMax can help your herd!

Reducing Lameness in Dairy Cows

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical  Experts

Looking for ways to reduce lameness in your herd? During a recent workshop at the 2016 London Dairy Congress, Vic Daniel, president of the Hoof Trimmers Association, hosted a seminar on how to reduce lameness in a herd. Check out the video for the 3 important things dairy producers can do now to get a handle on lameness.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW9iwXHaJZU%5D

Heads-Up, Hoof Trimmers: Wisconsin Weekend Getaway

Hoof Trimmers Assoc LogoBy Dale Baker
AgroChem Hoofcare Technical Expert

The Hoof Trimmers Association is hosting its annual Wisconsin Weekend Getaway for hoof trimmers and their families, February 21-22 in Tomah, WI.

Dr. Jan Shearer from Iowa State University is the featured speaker. He’ll be discussing recent studies on hairy heel wart (digital dermatitis), and treatment options for various foot infections and abnormalities. Attendees will also enjoy the panel discussions, sponsor booths and ever-popular auction. Registration cost is just $45, and the event is open to both members and non-members.

Click here for more information. AgroChem is a proud sponsor of the Hoof Trimmers Association.