Articles

27Nov 2014

Article by: Fred Hoekstra “What is the point of trimming cows feet this way? We have been trimming now for a couple of hours and have only done about 5 cows!” In a hoof trimming course I ran recently one of the students made that comment. Why do we need to trim cow’s feet properly? Why […]

27Nov 2014

Article by: Fred Hoekstra How many lame cows do you have? I have a strong suspicion that most farmers don’t actually know. When we go to a farm to do hoof trimming, we usually end up treating more cows than what had been booked. This has been the case throughout the 19 years I have […]

27Nov 2014

Article by: Fred Hoekstra I am up on the North Island at the moment teaching hoof care. During the workshops we talk about what causes lameness. When I ask the different groups what they think the main cause of lameness is “stone bruises, sole penetration and white line separation from twisting on concrete” are the […]

27Nov 2014

Article by: Fred Hoekstra In my last article I asked you to show me some solid evidence to demonstrate that stones and pushing cows in the yard would bruise the hooves, cause sole penetration and cause white line separation. A number of readers did respond and I very much appreciate your emails and feedback. I didn’t […]