Although we work outside every day in all kinds of weather, when the weather changes from a light jacket day to "can't put enough clothes on" day--that's what we consider, as my grandmother might have said, a "raw" day. Today's thirty two degree temperature with wind was a perfect "raw" day in northwest Arkansas! When we scheduled the hoof trimmer for his monthly visit to the farm, we had no idea it would be such a chilly day. Even though we had several layers of clothes on, the cows actually seemed to enjoy this cooler weather!
Hoof trimming is important to the health of our dairy cows in preventing lameness or correcting problems that create lameness. On hoof trimming day, the cows walk from the milk barn after being milked to the feed barn into a pen and alley that is connected to the special hoof trimming tilt table that is brought by Ben, our hoof trimmer. With this special tilt table, Ben is able to secure each cow to keep her safe and comfortable and tilt the table to position the cow for easy access to each hoof. Ben is like an artist at work as he shapes and trims each cow's hooves with his tools. Every movement is done with precision and accuracy with the intent to provide cow comfort.