When tackling lameness on-farm, foot trimmers are the ‘go to’ for cow
hoof care. However, foot trimmer and Director of ‘The Hoofman Ltd’, Charlie
Harding, believes that farmers, vets, nutritionists and consultants can better
utilise the information gathered during foot trimmers visit, to have a more
“Lameness cases vary from farm to farm. There isn’t a one size fits all
approach to lameness management, and often the sharing of information as a
collaborative approach is the key to resolving issues,” says Charlie Harding.
Proactive use of data
After each visit, the trimmer should produce a report detailing which cows
who have been seen and if there are any lameness issues present.
“This report is produced for the farmer to help inform them of the current
herd lameness status,” explains Charlie. However, he acknowledges that in
reality, often the reports are put into the farm office only to be brought out
for the milk buyer and farm assurance visits.
“They’re not being utilised as effectively as they could, and as a
result, cases aren’t followed up, patterns and trends aren’t identified and
re-occurring cows aren’t managed,” he says.
“We’re aware that farmers are time poor, but lameness shouldn’t be
neglected. We’re seeing that if producers buy into a team approach and
knowledge is shared, an effective lameness plan can be implemented and managed,
making a difference long term.
“When I’m on farm, I make an effort to share the information directly to
the other parties who are involved in herd health planning.
“If I can discuss cases with the vet directly, I can be specific in my
analysis. The vet can then effectively advise the farmer of the best approach
to minimise risk factors causing lameness and as a result, treat the cows
appropriately,” he adds.
Farm specific issue
Charlie notes that often farmers talk about the issue as a whole, rather
than on a case-by-case basis, so often there isn’t a targeted approach to
treatment and control methods.
“Lameness comes in many shapes and forms, and often the way to minimise
those cases is for foot trimmers to be as specific as possible in their
assessment. As a trimmer, I see first-hand what the main lameness problems are
on-farm, and I’d encourage farmers to talk to their foot trimmer to find out
what specific cases they’re seeing,” he says.
He explains that the recent changes to the Nation Association of Cattle Foot
Trimmers (NACFT) code of working practice, which outline the correct
foot-trimming techniques, is having a positive impact on how trimmers approach
specific lameness problems.
The NACFT are looking at all it members been registered mobility scores
allowing hoof trimmers to become on farm mobility managers.
One addition to the guidelines is recommendation to administer a
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), such as ketoprofen, alongside trimming
and application of a block, as it’s been proven to quicken recovery and
reduce the risk of relapse.
“This is where a close working relationship with the farm vet means we can
discuss the best approach to a large number of claw horn lesions, for example,
so the vet can make recommendations to the farmer to include ketoprofen
treatment,” he says.
Preparing for the visit
Alongside foot trimmers and vets working together, Charlie believes that
farmers also have a proactive role in mobility scoring and selecting cattle for
the trimmer to see, to get the most from their visit.
“We only tend to visit farms once a month, so to have a positive outcome
and reduce lameness cases overtime, farmers need to utilise our skills while
we’re on-farm,” he says.
He suggests that this can start with daily monitoring of the herd through
accurate mobility scoring, to be able to identify any cows who aren’t quite
right and need treating before they become chronic.
“As an industry, we’re now trying to educate farmers on the importance
of early identification of score 2 cows, so we can prevent future clinical
cases. These are the cases who need to be treated promptly to prevent them
turning into a score 3 cow, and becoming clinical.”
Charlies says that farmers tend to get into the habit of lining up cows who
are written in the diary due for a trim, rather than giving the trimmer cows
who are lame or not walking quite right that need corrective treatment.
“If regularly mobility scoring can be implemented, and cows who need
prompt treatment can be confidently identified, it can play a big role in
reducing the number of clinical cases. Trimmers will then be treating the cows
who need treatment, which will have a positive effect on reducing lameness
“The sooner a cow is identified as ‘not walking right’, the sooner
treatment can be given and there is a greater chance of quick recovery. If
mobility scoring can be implemented into the daily routine, you’ll see the
positive effect it has on herd health, and on the bottom line.”
“Ultimately, it’s all about early detection, and prompt effective
Charlie believes in a targeted team approach, with vets and trimmers and
other farm consultants sharing knowledge and data to help farmers get on top of
the issue, as this will lead to a reduction in the prevalence of lameness
“If as an industry, we work together and share our knowledge and
information then I do believe we’ll see a positive effect and a reduction in
cases on UK dairy farms.”
significant interest in the industry to supply highly qualified independent
mobility scorers, the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers is
organising the first of a series of exam days on Cattle Mobility Scoring.
Charlie Harding from the Hoofman will be one of 10 delegates attending the
Cattle Mobility Exam
The Cattle Mobility Scoring Exam Day is aimed for those who have experience in
cattle locomotion and would like to improve the range of services to their
clients. It would also be suitable for those who aim to supply independent
twice-yearly mobility scoring to dairy herds on supermarket contracts.
The next NACFT Cattle Mobility Scoring Exam Day will take place on Thursday the
8th of December, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. The course tutors and examiners are Mrs Jo
Speed of Kite Consultancy and Mrs Clare Parsons (nee Maggs) of Shepton Vets.
The course venue is at Cowsfeet.co.uk's premises at Cadbury Business Park (West
Entrance), Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7LH.
The day will cover theory on anatomy and normal cow locomotion behaviour, while
delegates are encouraged to actively participate in the discussion. The exam is
the final part of the day and is split in two sections, theory and on-farm
practical assessment. The delegates to successfully qualify would need to
succeed in both parts.
"701" for sale in Janurary 2017, 12month old crush in perfect condition.
Hoofman orders it second KVK for delivery in January 2017
for Jonathan Offland
Hoofman moves away from Wopa for William Denny
Hoofman moves away from Wopa after 20 years and purchasing 23
crushes to 800-1 contractor KVK model.
William Denny will be the operator of the 1st KVK at the
Hoofman and should be in use on farm by the end of September. The reason
for the change is as farms get bigger and the window for hoof trimming gets
smaller on farm, we at the Hoofman are looking at a hoof trimmer
and assistant on every machine to help with cow flow and cow group management.
The KVK we think tick all the boxes to offer all our customers
a better service with less stress on the cow and a hoof trimmer that can
concentrate on hoof trimming and treatment, while the assistant can
work along side a herdsman and hoof trimmer to make a efficient operation in
on farm hoof trimming visit.
New cattle hoof trimmers
National Assocation of Cattle Foot Trimmers or NACFT are delighted to
announce the creation of the Register of Cattle Foot Trimmers which though
created by the NACFT, will be autonomous, acting independently from the NACFT
with its own powers, identity and website.
NACFT said “The NACFT committee have been listening hard to welfare
groups, the AHDB Mobility Steering Group, supermarkets and milk wholesalers
and we felt it was important to set up an independent advisory and
disciplinary body that would represent and help protect the interests of milk
producers. As an association we have always believed that only properly
qualified foot trimmers should be trimming the nation’s herds but a
professional register of properly qualified foot trimmers that farmers could
refer to and communicate with in this day and age, is very prescient.”
The Hoofman Team are licensed cattle foot trimmers and take a
bi-annual industry-recognised Check Day exam to remain fully qualified and
current. This exam and the creation of the Register of Cattle Foot
Trimmers will further set a bench mark of quality and confidence on which
farmers, welfare groups and all other interested parties will be able to rely.
Malcolm Hall is going on the Dairy land trimming course at Nantwich vets on
May 23rd to look at alterative methods of trimming cows feet.
can now see their routine visit trimming dates on the ALL4FEET
site over the next 12 months. Click on Calendar
at the top of the screen on the ALL4FEET
customer page. Please contact us if any dates are inconvenient so we
can rearrange the visit.
Auto Text Now all customers herdsman
will receive an Auto
Text informing them that their hoof trimming report has been
uploaded recommending "To check the reports to
see if any animals require further attention or veterinary advice is
recommended.". Bandage lists and block checks are now been Auto
Text as well.
Customers can now see who and when any of their business consultants
look at their farm reports. Click on Users
at the top of the screen on the ALL4FEET
customer page. Reports can only be accessed with
contract before viewing any customer information. This is requested when login
to the ALL4FEET
site for the first time.
We have been computer recording hoof reports for 10 years on hoof trimming farm
visits and now have purchased a new program with more detail digital
information and notification for you the customer.
This program has been designed to allow you to share
detailed hoof reports via the internet with your team of Consultants, Farm
Manager, Herdsman, Vets, Nutritionist, Students, Farm Assurance and Milk buyers
with individuals access controlled by you, this in turn promotes an immediate
response to problems, concerns and taking urgent recommended action form your
consultants will promote animal welfare and increase profits.
With graphs that high light concerns, the ability to view
photos, to compare reports from previous trimmings, to research individual
animals, retrieve and use detailed recorded data, to upload data and transfer
the data to other relevant internet sites if required or requested. Automatic e
mail to all parties informing of updated reports, a text notifications for
treatments, recommendations and routine visits reminders with an individual
online diary to view all through the internet.
This is a free service we provide, sharing this
information with all your consultants can only improve the management of your
business. All we require is you to forward e mail address of who you would
require to view this information and we will do the rest.
How to find a cattle foot trimmer as good
as Simeon, can anyone help !!!
am sorry to tell all our customers that Simeon Lloyd after 7 years has moved
onto pastures new. Myself and all the team wish Sim all the best and will miss
his wit, stories and infectious personality as well as missing Jaz. Where
can i find a cattle hoof trimmer with a mate like that.
would like to invite all the Hoofman customers to watch this video of Jon
Huxley from the Dairy Expo 2015. A UK vet researching lameness on UK dairy
internet web site hoof trimming recording program coming soon. A program that
Hoof trimmers and farmers can both record hoof problems and see history of each
animal trimmed, the ability to mobility score and feed the results back to the
hoof trimmers tablet. New tablet computer program on trial now. Will give
customers a better insight into hoof problems,
Hoofman Mobility/Condition scoring tablet program. We
mobility score lameness no farm with a 7" tablet on a program designed by
hoof trimmers and DairyCo Mobility mentors, to score and identify animals that
require treatment for lameness. We have been using the program for 2 years and
have seen a benefit to farmer and trimmers as well as now giving a report of
lameness for farm assurance and milk buyers. We now sell
the tablet and program and have a number of vet practices, farmers and
independent contractors that use the system. Mobility
We now offerFreeze
Branding irons at 21/2" and now 2" in size. Please request size
when booking branding visit.
Two new members to the Hoofman team
are Jon Offland who starts the end of August and Conner Whitehead who is
out with us now. "click on the blue names to read more."
Trialing out new recording
system, it would work the same as we record now with the ability to photo the
problem foot so you the customer can see the extent of the problem, Details of the farm, cow
ID foot and date are at the top of the photo, . What I would like is your" the customer" thoughts on
this method of recording. We also would like our customers to use the free
recording app program so the customer can update there own records when they trim
a cows feet. By uploading it to the Hoofman web site this will give a better
history recording of problems and improvements.
Click on photos and see
problems enlarged. These will be images you may see on your report sheet page
in the future.
Trimmers with Wopa 51 Chutes "Wopa
51 Tweets". I have a number of cattle foot trimmers
ring with problems so I am setting up a link that you can look at photos and see
what we do to improve the cow flow and comfort in our Wopa 51 crushes as well
as correcting problems. If you have any suggestions please e mail me with photo
and reasons so we can improve the chutes we work with every day and see
what is new on models coming from Holland.
The Hoofman has a number of
vacancies. Cattle Foot Trimmer, part time Freeze Brander and a part time
Locomotion Scorer. Applicants will need a clean driving licence, a number of
years experience working with dairy cattle and enjoy being around dairy cattle
as well as being able to work in a team.
Cattle Foot trimmer: Experience in foot trimming is not essential.
The first 3 months working in the Hoofman team you will work with hoof trimmers
gaining experience of claw trimming method, cattle, farmer and herdsman
handling and machine safety as well as taking the 4 day course at Embryonics in
the Dutch method for cattle foot trimming. This is a vacancy for someone who
enjoys working with dairy cows without the milking. Please send your CV to email@example.com please
do not phone.
We have taken a foot trimmer on and now looking for another employee to
train to brand and trim cows feet.
Scorer is a new part of the Hoofman were we offer Mobility
scoring ,condition scoring and lameness location processed on a tablet computer
giving information to the Farmer, Vet, Milk Buyer and Hoof Trimmer. This would
start as a small numbers of days a month increasing over time.
Alex who most of you know as the main freeze brander at the
Hoofman has taken a liking to numbers that from September on a Monday and
Tuesday has enrolled on a accountancy course and may be leaving the Hoofman in
move onto an office chair.
Coming soon a new video of the Hoofman and the assessment day
we have to take every 2 years to keep standards in claw trimming high with an
Embryonics vet and a assessor from the NACFT.
Very busy with the
Dairy cow claw trimming at the moment as cattle have had a hard winter although
down on last years foot trimmings to under 4000 cows trimmed in April. We do
think it could be that profits are down on the milking herds so farmers are
cutting back on routine trimming yet we have seen a 5% increase in blocks on
last year. Finding a lot more problems this year with our spring calving herds
with white line with DD running under the white line. Alex is very busy
on the freeze branding so please phone early to get dates that suit you.
For any non customers why not trial our Demo
report sheets "Left hand side of this page, bottom link" Click
on link Demo report sheet, click on any date in light
blue "wait a few seconds for that
days report sheet to upload. Click on any cow number in
light blue to see her history of trimming. We are now updating hoof
reports on the internet as we trim and reports can be read on i phones .
Keep an eye on how many cows the Hoofman team trims in 365
days in the green box over the login box on the left of the screen.
Your report sheets are now on our new internet data base
enables you to look at the history of any cow that has been trimmed and see the
history of her ailments in the last 12 months just by high lighting the cow
number. View it on your phone or computers. Also easy to read information showing
lameness problems on the last visit comparing to the last 12 months and 5 years
of visits. I would like any suggestions on information you would like with your