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The Importance of Hoof Health in Dairy Production

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How important is hoof health to dairy production?
 
Very important.
  
To prevent and control foot problems in dairy cows -- and to maximize milk production -- proper hoof trimming is essential.
   
In the US, there are around 9 million dairy cows, all needing their hooves trimmed 2-3 times each year.

With proper hoof trimming and claw care, the functional life of dairy cows can be extended. When cows have properly trimmed hooves, they're generally happier and healthier, which means they produce more milk. 
 
In short: If you keep your cows happy -- with healthy feet -- they'll keep you happy with lots of milk.
 

Here are some benefits of giving your dairy cows well-trimmed, balanced hooves:

  • Reduces toe injuries 
  • Reduces lameness
  • Helps prevent diseases like laminitis and foot rot
  • Increases lifespan
  • Increases milk production
  • Makes it easier to stand, eat and drink
  • Higher breed back

 
To learn more, check out our online guide to hoof trimming, with several articles from Trim-Tec and the Hoof Trimmers Association:
 

1. Learning About The Bovine Foot

2. Weight Bearing As It Affects Horn Growth

3. Hoof Trimming Basics

4. Benefits of Hoof Trimming Maintenance

5. Hoof Trimming Maintenance and Protocol

Innovating for over 30 years,Trim-Tec offers the best hoof trimming tools money can buy, and all our products are proudly made in the USA! Learn more about our series of XD Hoof Trimming Kits, as well as hoof trimming wheels and dehorners, which can de-horn a calf in as little as three seconds! Also, on our Video page, you can see our Titan 6 blade in action.

 
If you have any questions about Trim-Tec hoof trimming products, give us a call at 1-800-634-9055 or contact us online. You can also subscribe to our e-newsletter and shop online 24/7.
 
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