Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

All4feet mouse mat

Hoofman Ltd is sending all our customer All4feet mouse mats with their user name printed on for easy access to their latest hoof reports and their next routine visit date. Vets, herdsmen and Consultants will receive their free offer by sending address details to  requesting the All4feet mat.

“What hoof trimming frequency is best for my herd”

 “What hoof trimming frequency is best for my herd” is an understandable question. It should be built on the following fundamental statement: “The goal of successful hoof care is to prevent serious problems and control lameness as early as possible”.
What does it take…?
Trimming is often a chore which does not appear on the top of a to-do list, that is when you are not addicted to trimming. The following question was raised in my trimming practice:
There are different opinions about what is the best hoof trimming frequency in a dairy herd. How often should my herd need trimming to ensure proper hoof health? What should a person look for?
Let me start with a quote:
Your herd and ££ gains are so much better when you prevent lameness from occurring (wherever you can)!”
The answer for an optimum hoof trimming schedule is to provide the best hoof care possible to prevent lameness, instead of treating lameness after it has occurred. Let me break this down a little further…
Providing proper cow care is the key to prevent lameness caused by environmental factors, such as:
  • Your herd’s housing facilities.
  • Feeding.
  • Flooring, etc.
These factors should be optimized in order to ensure optimal hoof care and herd health to prevent lameness. Talk to your professional advisers (hoof trimmers, veterinarians and nutritionists) about what you can do to improve.
Properly managing these factors will increase your bottom-line significantly!

Hoof trimming frequency will increase when infectious diseases are present.

Different infectious hoof diseases could be present in our herds. This may include:
These infectious hoof problems will require a more frequent trimming plan.

Also cow specific factors have an impact on Hoof Care

Beyond a preventative hoof care approach for the overall herd, there are also ‘cow-specific’ factors, such as:
  • Genetics.
  • Stage in lactation.
  • Previous lameness issues, etc.
Generally, one herd is perhaps seeing more lameness than another, but also one cow within the same herd tends to be more prone than the others. 

What is the best practice for hoof trimming scheduling?

Usually, a guideline for best hoof care practice is that every animal should be checked twice a year, emphasizing ‘checked’!
Over-trimming a cow does not benefit anyone.
The easy steps in short are: Lift the hoof. If the cow’s hoof looks good, you’ve confirmed and ensured adequate hoof health, and she’s good again for another 6 months!
An added value could be to increase the hoof trimming frequency for selected cows (I’m referring to that particular animal that is prone to lameness), and thereby making sure this group of ‘special-needs’ cows is checked again in, say, 3 months.
The impact of preventive trimming is often underestimated, and that, instead of preventative hoof care, the ‘curative’ approach is taken, which often only deals with lameness. Obviously this latter approach is not very profitable, and my advice is to determine the lameness rate in your herd and do the math. If it is higher than 2% per month, you should increase your hoof care efforts and trim more frequently.

Some producers like the idea of ‘whole herd’ trimming to get it done and over with, and others like to see their trimmer monthly. Either of these strategies is great, but the latter needs some proper record keeping. A few years ago, on the Hoof Care & Health Conference in Lancaster, PA, I met various professional trimmers. Even ‘large-dairy-trimmers’ are promoting the ‘whole-herd-at-once’ approach to hoof care: you get so much further ahead in your prevention efforts.
Regular hoof care is beneficial for your herd and your bottom line.
In addition to the above, I would like to emphasize the importance of the individual cow hoof care approach: when you notice her lame, you should check her foot!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Interactive All4feet Website

All farmers can now search on line at information on cattle that have been trimmed between two selected dates.
 Farmers can also search their mobility scorings on the All4feet site

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Green shoe heater box for the KVK

We use a number of different blocks on cows to help in the improvement of mobility on cattle with problems on farm visits..
One we use the Demotec Green shoe, standard and XL sized, simple mix system, good easy fitting and long lasting and simple to remove when served it purpose in the treatment of lameness.
For the shoe to set it is recommended that the liquid and powder is warm. Heated liquid can accelerate  the application of a block mix.  This is why we have a heater box on all crushes. We use a electric dehorning iron to heat the box and a rode in the iron my be used in heating the liquid first when in the shoe before adding the power to accelerate the reaction of heating.


The Hoofman Wopa build diary

Bolted ½ “ rubber matting to the yoke to reduce radial nerve , to reduce the noise of the yoke door, to absorb shoulder in pack when entering the crush  add comfort to cows that push into a yoke.
We use a rubber belly band for comfort to the animal, less slip over the rib, easy to clean and lay flat when lowered.
We put elastic rope to the belly band chain to bring the belly band back to the correct position when loading the crush,

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Hoofman KVK 800-1 team trim

The KVK suits big days with one trimmer and a helper. Suits a total herd trims with an efficient machine that makes cow flow a pleasure and financially more beneficial to dairy farmers.

Charging both KVKs every weekend ready to correct the uneven charge during a weeks work.

Full race system can be carried on the KVK when needed. Prattly handling system suits the KVK system, very light, tall and well built.