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Hoofman Ltd is sending all our customer All4feet mouse mats with their user name printed on for easy access to their latest hoof reports and their next routine visit date. Vets, herdsmen and Consultants will receive their free offer but sending address details to hoofman@hotmail.com  requesting the All4feet mat.The first batch of 50 registered cattle mobility scores needed for the Supermarket milk contract producers .  A register that has standards that are monitored by a recognised governing body and members that are experienced in cattle mobility. Talk to your local hoof trimmer for more information. Click the Blog button

The aim of the Hoofman team is to prevent lameness in dairy cows and understanding how and why cows go lame will help prevent lame cows which is profit to our customers, help us block less feet and prevent lameness  Click the Blog button

Tackling lameness: a foot trimmer perspective

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 targeted approach.

“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 prevalence. 

“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 treatment.”

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 cases. 

“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.”

 

Tesco, Waitrose & Sainsburys Milk Contract Producers

Due to 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.
 

Wopa 51 "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 regulating body

The 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.

 

Have a look at the Hoofman blog page  http://hoofmanuk.blogspot.co.uk

Charlie Harding has taken the appointment of treasurer of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers .for 5 years

.I invite all our customers to have a look at the ALL4FEET on facebook. www.facebook.com/All4FEET.UK

Jonathan Offland has been invited to go to the Cattle Lameness Conference on 20th  April 2016. for more infomation go to www.cattlelamenessconference.org.uk

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.

Customers 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.

ALL4FEET 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.

You can now find Charlie Harding on www.linkedin.com 

ALL4FEET 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 consent first by the customer. All parties will have to accept a privacy policy contract before viewing any customer information. This is requested when login to the ALL4FEET site for the first time.

Why not follow Charlie @Hoofman2 on    https://twitter.com 

ALL4FEET  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. 

To see your reports please e mail hoofman@hotmail.com to receive your username and password. To logon to the ALL4FEET site go to www.all4feet.uk

For information how to use the site click here All4FEET

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How to find a cattle foot trimmer as good as Simeon, can anyone help !!!

I 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.

I 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 units     www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1I03C5Ttvc

New 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,

Starting up as a cattle foot trimmer contractor. Click here"

Refresher Herdsman Hoof Trimming Visit "Click here"

 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 Scoring Program

We now offer Freeze 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.

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NEW Cattle Foot 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 hoofman@hotmail.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.

Locomotion 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 time to 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 that 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 reports.

 

 

  

 

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William is presently the youngest member of the trimmers and started working with Charlie on a part time basis back in 2005 as a Trimmers Assistant. Charlie then trained Will on how to correctly trim and handle cattle when cattle foot trimming. He then attended a 4 day Dutch Claw Trimming course at the Willows Vet Practice in Cheshire and has continued with his professional development by attending 1 day “Check Days” with Embryonics Ltd who are part Of The Willows Veterinary Group in June 2009. Since then he has pasted his foot trimming City & Guilds Diploma in September 2011

Will, as he prefers to be known, grew up in Shifnal and spent as much of is time as he could helping on his grandparents farm with school holidays being look forward to so that he could roll up his sleeves and get involved.

From helping his grandparents Will then discovered an interest in showing cattle and agricultural shows, even travelling to America to work at shows when he was just 16 years old.

He has some very fond memories of working with cows such as:

 

  • Field of Dreams Formation Erle
  • Copywood Integrity Sara
  • Applevve Ruddy Mattia
  • Styche Lyster Sally

 

Will still has an interest in Agricultural shows and can very often be found at the Cattle rings or in the dairy lines.

Will has just come back from travailing for 6 months around New Zealand and Australia and now is looking going to Canada skying in October 2012

Outside of work Will is a member of The Shropshire Golf Club and generally enjoys most sports, particularly football, rugby, cricket and NFL. He also lives a bachelor life in his house in Shrewsbury