Foot trimming cattle to prevent and treat lameness
Regularly checking cows’ feet and foot trimming forms an essential part of any lameness control plan.
Overgrown hoof horn that grows continually, can cause problems with weight distribution, leading to non-infectious lesions and, ultimately, lameness.
Can lameness be prevented?
Regularly checking your cows’ feet and monitoring horn conformation will allow you to properly manage horn growth and prevent lameness. Many non-infectious causes of lameness are treated using a combination of foot trimming and blocking, so it is important to know how to manage this.
When to trim and what to avoid
Timely foot trimming is an important part of preventing and treating lameness. Find out when to foot trim and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Five-step Dutch method
From measuring and trimming the first claw to removing loose horn, this step-by-step guide on cattle foot trimming will help you to keep lameness at bay.
Knife know-how: what's in your tool kit?
Purchasing the right knives and maintaining them properly will keep you safer and make your job easier when trimming cattle feet. Make sure you’ve got all the essential items in your kit to care for your cows’ feet and prevent lameness in your herd.
How to lift a cow's foot
From preparing the workspace to safety measures, here are some helpful ideas to make lifting your cow’s foot easier.
Infectious diseases can be spread from foot to foot and between animals, so it is important to prevent this by properly disinfecting equipment.