Cattle foot trimming can help reduce problems in the herd and economic loss. Issues with posture and mobility will occur if hooves are not trimmed, eventually leading to an impact on profitability. The hoof wall should always take the pressure, not the central sole. Trimming should be done at routine intervals, weekly, fortnightly and even monthly, with ad hoc or more frequent visits tailored to individual farm requirements.
Two of the most popular cattle foot trimming services offered by Nick and the ND Challenor Livestock Services team are 90 to 100 days after calving and before the cows are dried off. Foot trimming is essential precautionary work to prevent lameness and is the most cost effective way to combat foot problems.
Animal welfare and cattle comfort are a key consideration for Nick and his team. The rollover crush used for cattle foot trimming is specially designed and custom made to ensure minimal stress is caused to the animal. It is operated using a hydraulic lever and a strap under the cow’s stomach, before its feet are individually strapped in to offer maximum safety and comfort.
If you have a beef or dairy herd it is essential to develop foot care programmes which fit in with your business operation and assist with the productivity, longevity and performance of the herd. Working together regularly will ensure the best results for herd health.
The main objective of cattle foot trimming is to ensure balance for good mobility and to prevent lameness.