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Hoof care – Basic course

Hoof care is an important aspect in modern Dairy husbandry. It is linked to every aspect of management and therefore a gain in knowledge to follow a course on hoof care.

Lameness can be reduced or prevented by good management and regular hoof trimming.


Management has a huge influcence on hoof health. Every change in management will have an impact on hoof health. Hoof trimming is a management decision, how often do cows need to be trimmed per year. Reducing or preventing lameness is possible by making the right choices.

Contents of the course

Theory on hoof care diseases (in total 1 day)

  • Cause of diseases
  • Diagnose of diseases (symptoms)
  • Prevention of diseases
  • Treatment of diseases
  • Management aspects of influence on diseases
  • Tool maintenance (knife sharpening), hand tools and bench grinder
  • Blocking of feet to improve curing of lesions
  • Bandaging severe lesions
  • Use of angle grinder

Practical training (in total 4 days)

  • Trimming cows on different types of farms
  • Trimming with hoof knives and hoof cutters
  • Maintenance (preventative) trimming
  • Curative trimming
  • Demo angle grinder or if possible working with the angle grinder (depending on experience of the hoof trimmers)

What do we do

Management aspect of most influence on hoof health are: nutrition (producing healthy horn), housing/cow comfort, hygiene (type of flooring), breeding, calving, young stock rearing and regular hoof trimming. Hoof care is done by daily management with or without awareness of the farmer/manager.

Quotes of participants

  • “Great course, I’ve learned a lot and gained conficence.”
  • “Marvelous course, learned a lot more than I expected.”

Dairy Training Centre


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Dairy Training Centre (office)


  • Startdatum Locatie
  • 06-07-2020 North of Netherlands
  • DTC behoudt zich het recht voor om bij onvoldoende deelname de deelnemers tot 1 groep samen te voegen op 1 locatie
  • Recognition
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Target audience
  • Farmers, farmmanagers, starting hoofcare specialists, veterinarians
  • Studymaterial
  • 40 hours
  • Duration
  • 5 days
  • Date
  • date: 20-24 January 2020

  • Minimum number of participants
  • 6
  • Maximum number of participants
  • 10
  • Closing date
  • 23 December 2019
  • Location
  • North of Netherlands
  • Investment
  • € 1,500 Euros coursefee incl. lunch, DTC can provide hotel (incl. breakfast) and transport from hotel-traningaccomodation for 90 euros per day
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