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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.

The Five-Step Dutch Hoof Trimming Method

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.

Locomotion Scoring Helps Catch Lameness Problems Early

Although animal lameness can be caused by several different factors, its negative impact on animal health, productivity and profitability grows as lameness increases. By regularly using locomotion scoring to understand lameness in dairy cows, beef cattle or swine, you are taking the first step to establishing an effective lameness-reduction program.

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Detect Lameness in Cows Early and Improve Dairy Cow Reproduction Performance

Lameness can have a significant impact on dairy cattle reproductive performance. Detecting lameness early can help improve dairy cow reproduction and reduce the risk of culling. Learn about the many benefits of early lameness detection and find out how performance trace minerals play a part in managing lameness.

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Trimming Pig Hooves: Q&A Session With Dr. Robert Dove

Trimming pig hooves can help save pork producers time and boost a sow’s productivity on a pork production operation. Swine claw trimming is still a relatively new concept in the swine production industry, and there are many unanswered questions. Hear how Dr. Robert Dove answers some commonly asked questions about swine claw trimming.

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