Hoof trimming is a bit tough, rough and delicate – hence the need for training.

The cow has to be physically contained in a cage then it is tied to reduced movement, and then its leg is raised using a special machine.

 The trimmer carefully uses sharp hoof knives to slice off the excess layers. At times a grinder is needed too to flatten the hoof evenly. If the hoof has developed a wound, it has to be treated, bandaged and a shoe placed with glue to allow for ample healing. It should be done at least three times a year.

Here are important factors to consider when doing hoof care:

Location – Consider indoors vs outdoors, access to power plugs and work space, including room to move freely and space for tools. Also take into consideration the lighting.

Ensure cows will move in and out of the trimming area safely and that the traffic will flow smoothly.

Ask your cattle hoof trimming professional if the set up is working or if something needs to be changed.

Cattle Sorting and Collection – Have your cows sorted ahead of time and a group waiting prior to cattle hoof trimming.

Having the cattle ready will get the trimmer in and out more quickly and reduces downtime.

Keep things as normal as possible for the cows. Don’t have too big of a group where the animals are standing without food and water for hours on end.

Assistance – Always have enough assistance so that the trimmer never has to step away from the trimming area.Schedule enough staff to help sort, group and move cattle back and forth, so the cattle hoof trimming professional can get right to work.

You can get quality hoof trimming equipments at http://www.medilink.co.ke  / info@medilink.co.ke

 

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