A short video excerpt from a video produced by the University of Zurich describes the anatomy of the bovine hoof.
Sole ulcers are among the most common causes of lameness in dairy cattle. Why are they so common?
Laminitis refers to a condition that impairs the circulation in the horn-producing tissues of the foot (corium). The disease results in the hoof producing poor-quality horn, which leads to increased injury from concussion and other causes.
‘Bovine Laminitis and Lameness’ describes the anatomy of the bovine hoof and claw and the causes of lameness, including the importance of genetics, structural conformation of the leg and hoof, nutrition, management, cow comfort and facilities that minimize injuries.
This book includes up to date information on common lameness conditions of cattle and emphasizes the practical aspect of functional and corrective trimming. In addition, it covers the anatomy and pathology of the bovine foot with illustrations of anatomical features as well as detailed photographs of lesions.
Dr. E. Toussaint Raven’s classic book “Cattle Footcare and Claw Trimming” is considered the authoritative guide to the Dutch method of hoof trimming.