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VeeHof Dairy Services offer hoof trimming courses with a fully qualified Instructor. We come to you and we can bring our hoof trimming Crushes as well. This is a complete interactive course that combines both mini seminar style interaction and hands on trimming.
Learn how to trim this claw correctly!!
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Lameness and Laminitis Education – From Fred’s Desk
“We know now that lameness is caused by laminitis, but what do we do about it?” This question raises two issues. The first one is that I am not yet convinced that the majority of NZ dairy farmers really believe that we have laminitis in this country. I still come across a lot of farmers who are surprised at the effects of laminitis within their herd.
Most farmers are still talking about stone bruises and pointing out to me where in the yard or track their lame cows come from. Even if the evidence shows differently it seems hard for people to change their attitude towards physical damage.
Some of the things that I am talking about here are the fact that most cows have higher outside claws than inside claws. The horn tissue in the outer claw is thicker than the inner claw and therefore the live tissue in that outer claw is better protected from outside forces – just as soldiers are better protected from flying bullets in an army tank with good thick steel compared to a tin shell like our cars – yet most of the so called “stone bruises” (which are not actually stone bruises at all) are in the outer claw. Or the fact that many of the haemorrhages and defects are symmetrical in left and right leg claws. Or the fact that many beef cows have haemorrhage in their claws yet they are not being pushed over tracks at all – they don’t even know what a stone looks like. So I think that we have still got a lot of work to do to get farmers educated.
I see my primary role as being a Professional hoof trimmer and teacher in that area. With that comes the need to teach people the recognition of different claw diseases. Laminitis is one of those diseases and I can make farmers aware of the existence of this disease here in NZ and help them to understand what they can do from a hoof trimming point of view to minimise it.