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Hoof Care

Cow Hoof Infected With Hairy Heel Wart

Cow Hoof Infected With Hairy Heel Wart

Cattle hoof care is often overlooked area of dairy management that is critical for your bottom line.  It has been proven time and time again that proper hoof health and reduced lameness have been a valuable investment for producers.

By maintaining the hoof health of your herd, you are able to reduce the chances of mastitis, reproduction problems and various other cow injuries.  It is important that producers make cattle hoof care a top priority in their operation.

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Dairy Cattle Hoof Care Tips

  • Routine hoof trimming should be implemented throughout the herd. When trimming, it is important to balance the hooves, trim them evenly and flat and not over-trim.
  • It is important to utilize comfortable, free-stalls to prevent laminitis due to excessive standing.
  • Locomotion scoring should occur regularly to indicate and diagnose lameness issues. It is also important to for workers to watch for cows lying down often or not getting up to eat when feed is available.  Many times this is an indication of a hoof issue.
  • Proper nutrition and adequate fiber are important aspects of proper hoof health and preventing laminitis problems. If the proper amount of fiber is not present in a herd’s diet or if the cows are not getting enough feed, hoof health and milk production are affected.
  • All cows should go through foot baths 3 to 4 days each week to help ensure hoof health. Proper foot bath requirements include: 8 to 10 feet long, 3 feet wide and approximately 5 inches deep.  Foot baths should be changed approximately every 200 cows.  After going through the foot bath, cows should enter a clean, dry area.
  • Producers should work with their veterinarian or nutritionist to design a hoof care plan fit for their operation.  Many producers also choose to take advantage of products like Hoofmax and Healmax to further ensure that hoof issues don’t negatively impact their operation.

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