Sunday, 30 July 2017
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Saturday, 8 July 2017
Sunday, 25 June 2017
The remote on the left is my old 3 function that I used on my old Wopa 51 and the remote on the right is the new 5 function on my new Wopa 51.
Now let me explain! Old remote has "on / off" red and green then button underneath red is yoke close button like the new remote on the right the new remote is also yoke close, when trimming the next move with the remote is to drop the bar behind the cows rump and after 8 years this is second nature😳😳 ON THE NEW REMOTE the same button is open yoke. So yesterday I missed the 1st cow and 3 more drawing a hoof trimming session with a large number of cow missing the opportunity to make a quick get away before I rectified the open yoke.
I would like to apologise to farms I will visit in the next few weeks for a number of cows that are presented for me but missed😬😬😬😬
I have three grinders " hand held electric rasp for shaving small chips of hoof from a cows claw by a professional claw technician " set on the crush when working. They are 900 watt Metabo grinders with 6 bit 3mm trim tec discs. All blades all face away from the operated. All grinders are bandaged up so if heavily soiled when working a new bandage can be applied. We have a spare grinder for back feet as that grinder has twice the work load and will need replacement tips sooner than the front two grinders, Aluminium guards are added to protect hands from hoof discharge and all grinders have start buttons on the top of the grinders so for more controlled switching.
The grinder is placed that what ever the high of the crush the grinder can be easily to hand.
The front grinders are located best for when the crush is a full height for the trimmer to collect and replace yet still out of the working zone
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Monday, 12 June 2017
Have put a wireless controlled 4 ton winch on so I can steer the crush on to the trailor when loading. The winch is connect by a plug bolted on the drawbar to the battery on the Peugeot Expert van
Total weight of crush and trailor is 1620 kgs with the crush positioned correctly putting 40kgs weigh on the draw bar of the vehicle.
We have mounted high brightness led lights for working. Two lights over the back feet to reduce shadows and long light on front for a wider and more direct view. We have one mounted on the front of the crush that runes of the battery for that early morning set up.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Working as a team to understand and control DD is the future and profit in the dairy industry.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the All4feet mat.
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.
- Flooring, etc.
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 CareBeyond a preventative hoof care approach for the overall herd, there are also ‘cow-specific’ factors, such as:
- Stage in lactation.
- Previous lameness issues, etc.
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
Sunday, 26 February 2017
We use a number of different blocks on cows to help in the improvement of mobility on cattle with problems on farm visits..
Saturday, 25 February 2017
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.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
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