Implementing good practice for hoof trimming
Cows that were previously housed in tying stalls are not used to moving around on concrete floor all day. Further, if the hooves are cut too severely right before relocation, there will not be enough hoof horn to prevent hoof abrasion and to dampen compression. The result is lameness, which in turn negatively impacts udder health and milk yield. It is, therefore, important that animals are re-barned with the thickest possible hoof sole. After the cows have settled in to their new surroundings, professional hoof trimming is essential to gradually correct the hoof angle and to establish a good wall edge. This helps to relieve pressure on the hoof sole..