Functional claw trimming, often referred to as ‘the Dutch method’, was developed by Dr. E. Toussaint Raven, a veterinarian with the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. His classic book “Cattle Footcare and Claw Trimming” is considered the authoritative guide to hoof trimming. This richly illustrated book combines a guide to the causes, progress, treatment and prevention of foot ailments in cattle with a practical manual on claw trimming. It can be ordered from Crowood Press Ltd.
Which trimming method is best?September 14, 2017
Gerard Cramer’s research group recently surveyed published research studies that examined the effects of hoof trimming on animal behaviour, physiologic changes and efficacy in reducing lameness. Although these studies revealed that hoof trimming may initiate a stress response, change behaviour, improve components of weight bearing, and reduce lameness in specific environmental conditions, few of the studies described the trimming method used in enough detail to determine effects of method on any of these outcomes.
How to Judge a Hoof TrimApril 13, 2017
While a good hoof trimming program is an essential component of lameness prevention, poor trimming technique can create lameness. The Lameness Committee of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has produced a fact sheet aimed at helping veterinarians and producers to objectively assess a herd hoof trimming program.
Three Steps to Zero LamenessJuly 15, 2016
I’ve been in the hoof care business for more than 22 years and the dairy industry all my life, and I believe farms think they are doing all they can to provide the environments for optimal animal welfare and comfort; however, the reality is: Our industry lameness average is still too high – estimated at 25 to 40 percent, depending on which study you want to quote.
Many believe that 0 percent lameness is not a possible or a realistic goal, but I am challenging every dairy to have more days with no lame cows than days with a cow with lameness issues. In this article, I propose a straight-forward three-step strategy to achieve zero lameness.