Dairy farmers work closely with a variety of professionals such
as veterinarians and animal nutritionists. One of
my favorite professionals that we talk very little
about is the dairy cow hoof trimmer.
In the human world, you might call him your
podiatrist or foot specialist.
It is a known fact that comfortable cows are healthy cows.
Hoof trimming provides a measure of comfort that will correct
or prevent lameness.
Our hoof trimmer is a master at
utilizing his skills to diagnose and treat the types of foot issues that
each animal is experiencing or keeps the feet healthy by trimming
the hooves for preventive maintenance.
Hoof trimmer Ben sets up his own shop when he
arrives on the farm. His hydraulic chute and table
will place the cow on her side with her legs
restrained for safety and comfort.
I'm thankful for professionals like Ben that use their
skills and love for cattle to ensure that each of our dairy
cows is comfortable, healthy and providing high-quality
milk for your family and mine.