Articles

29Sep 2016

The season is now well under way and the Winter has been very good to us during calving – at least here in Canterbury. But even with a good Spring we still get lame cows. Why is this? What are the risk factors for lameness? We see an increased prevalence of lameness during mating, and […]

02Aug 2016

It is not far off from calving now, in fact some have already started. What are the points that are important to minimize lameness at this time of the year? Being the start of the season it is important to realize what the risk factors are, and how to manage them as this will have […]

03May 2016

I have just been running some trimming workshops on the West Coast and found myself regularly confronted with the continuing acceptance that physical force is the main contributor to lameness in New Zealand, together with a reluctance to accept that Laminitis is a very real problem here. So, do we have Laminitis in New Zealand? […]

03Apr 2016

Does anyone use cowslips and what are your thoughts? This is a question I saw on a forum the other day. It is quite interesting what sort of responses farmers gave. Some thought they were wonderful, some thought they were too expensive, some couldn’t make them stick on for any longer than a few steps […]

03Mar 2016

How much are you willing to pay to minimise your lameness cost? I guess the answer would be “as much as it takes as long as the benefits exceed the cost”. Lameness costs a lot of money even in a low payout year. It is difficult to give money away if you haven’t got any […]

03Feb 2016

Last month I was talking about the importance of preventative hoof trimming. This month I would like to go through the three steps of preventative hoof trimming, also known as functional hoof trimming. The aim is to have the cow standing correctly on the ground. If the toe is too long the cow will lean […]

03Jan 2016

What is preventative hoof trimming? I have been on farms where they had done their own preventative hoof trimming during the year. When I started doing my trimming I had to explain what I was doing and it turned out to be quite different from the way that they did it. This made me wonder […]