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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.

Reduce Somatic Cell Count, Minimize Mastitis in Dairy Cows with Performance Trace Minerals

High somatic cell counts, often accompanied by mastitis, can lower milk yield and milk quality on your dairy operation. Learn how performance trace minerals can help reduce somatic cell counts and minimize mastitis in dairy cows.

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Dehydration Causes and Symptoms on Your Livestock Operation

Water accounts for 98 percent of all molecules in the body and between 50 and 81 percent of an animal’s total body weight at maturity. When an animal becomes dehydrated, it can create costly production challenges on your livestock or poultry operation.

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Feed Efficiency Important for Milk Production, Dairy Profitability

Feed efficiency determines your dairy operation’s profitability, and it’s important to make sure you are getting an accurate measurement. Learn how to accurately measure feed efficiency and how it can be improved by supplementing performance trace minerals.

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