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Dairy Cow Hoof Trimming Guide

Dairy hoof being trimmed.
Dr. Daryl Kleinschmit

Lead Researcher – Dairy
Zinpro Corporation

For more information, download our full Dairy Hoof Trimming Guide.

Proper functional and therapeutic hoof trimming in dairy cattle can reduce and help prevent lameness in dairy cows and can also improve productivity and overall animal wellness. Research shows that cows with healthy, pain-free hooves stay in the herd longer, have higher milk production and generate more long-term profit.

The steps in this guide should only be done by properly trained personnel, so choose a highly-skilled hoof trimmer.

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For more information on dairy hoof trimming, including the equipment you’ll need, common causes of infectious lesions and how to identify the five most common claw lesions, download our Dairy Hoof Trimming Guide or watch our Dairy Hoof Trimming Video.

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