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Fred Hoekstra, VeeHof’s fully qualified hoof trimming instructor shares the latest tips and tricks on how to best prevent and treat, lameness in your dairy herd.  For the latest news from VeeHof, sign up to our monthly newsletter at the bottom of the page.

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 […]