An excerpt from a video produced by the University of Zurich illustrates a claw trimming strategy aimed at achieving balance between inner and outer claws to minimize trauma to the corium.
After more than 28 years working as a hoof trimmer in the dairy industry and, like many others, seeing the many changes within the dairy industry, I think a simple question has to be asked: “Why is lameness increasing as an issue?”
Most of my larger herds prefer to have a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly appointment. That is why I decided, as a hoof trimmer, I needed to help in the record-keeping department and decided to invest in a “chute-side” computer system to record the cows trimmed and the lesions observed on the hooves. Now, at the end of the trim session, there are detailed individual cow reports and easy-to-read herd summaries.
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.