A descriptive study on hoof trimming methods in North America

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  • M. Scherping Veterinary Population Medicine Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • K. Klehr Veterinary Population Medicine Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • G. Stoddard Veterinary Population Medicine Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • G. Cramer Veterinary Population Medicine Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108

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https://doi.org/10.21423/aabppro20153647

Abstract

Hoof trimming is a routine procedure done to dairy cows, but no data exists to determine appropriate trimming methods. In the literature, functional hoof trimming is commonly described as the method of choice. However, other methods are commonly reported in the field. This has resulted in a continuous debate within the hoof health industry with respect to what is the appropriate trimming method. To address this question, there is a need for more scientific data on the prevalence of different trimming methods, the effect of these methods on key hoof measurements, and ultimately on the welfare of the cow. The objective of this study was to describe the effect of different trimming methods on key hoof measurements taken on cadaver hind feet of dairy cattle.

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2015-09-17

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