Hoof trimming is a bit tough, rough and delicate – hence the need for training.
The cow has to be physically contained in a cage then it is tied to reduced movement, and then its leg is raised using a special machine.
Here are important factors to consider when doing hoof care:
Location – Consider indoors vs outdoors, access to power plugs and work space, including room to move freely and space for tools. Also take into consideration the lighting.
Ensure cows will move in and out of the trimming area safely and that the traffic will flow smoothly.
Ask your cattle hoof trimming professional if the set up is working or if something needs to be changed.
Cattle Sorting and Collection – Have your cows sorted ahead of time and a group waiting prior to cattle hoof trimming.
Having the cattle ready will get the trimmer in and out more quickly and reduces downtime.
Keep things as normal as possible for the cows. Don’t have too big of a group where the animals are standing without food and water for hours on end.
Assistance – Always have enough assistance so that the trimmer never has to step away from the trimming area.Schedule enough staff to help sort, group and move cattle back and forth, so the cattle hoof trimming professional can get right to work.