When you own a dairy herd, maintaining its hoof health is a constant challenge. However, we have some great news for you: there are ways to control and contain the impact of lameness. To begin with, you have a variety of great products at your disposal to tackle this challenge. Then there is the professional ABC chart of dairy hoof diseases, which three hoof care professionals have put together.

Let’s start with one very important thing you need to always keep in mind: Not all lame cows need the same therapeutic approach! That’s right. Sometimes just a simple hoof knife does the trick!

If you want guaranteed success in your battle with lameness, it’s important to know the differences between hoof problems. We can split them into two main categories:

  • Infectious hoof diseases.
  • Non-infectious hoof diseases.

Obviously, hoof problems can be mild or severe.

The ABC chart of dairy hoof diseases

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of hoof management, Karl Burgi, Dr. Nigel Cook and Dr. Dörte Döpfer have compiled an identification chart of the different hoof diseases. This trio of hoof experts have given us the ABC chart of dairy hoof diseases.

Success in your lameness battle? It’s important to know the different hoof problems. #AllAboutHooves Click To Tweet

What’s unique about the ABC chart?

  • All hoof problems are coded with a letter and their official name.
  • A color picture illustrates each hoof problem, complete with different severity levels for each of them.

Download and print a copy of the ABC chart of dairy hoof diseases. And here’s a great tip: pin it beside your hoof trimming chute. It’s an excellent reference tool for your employees and a great starting point for discussions with your trimmer!

Finally, what can you do with the chart?

  • Diagnose a hoof problem and treat it accordingly.
  • Have a copy beside your trimming chute for quick reference.
  • Use it as a communication tool for all team members.

In conclusion, we give you our verdict: highly recommended!

Meet the ABC chart creators

Karl Burgi

Karl Burgi


Karl operates various businesses related to hoof care in the dairy industry. His personal passion and mission is to “Save Cows“. Hoof care training is also available at the Dairyland Hoof Care Institute.

Learn more about Karl Burgi on his website.

Dr. Nigel Cook

Dr. Nigel Cook

Department of Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Cook has spent over a decade examining the impact of the environment on the well-being of dairy cattle. Current research interests include evaluating the performance of the Wisconsin dairy industry using cluster analysis and examination of causal networks.

Connect with Dr. Nigel Cook on the website of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Dörte Döpfer

Dr. Dörte Döpfer

Department of Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Her specific research interest is the epidemiology of digital dermatitis in cattle. She is currently working on mathematical models for infectious diseases.

Dr. Dörte Döpfer can be contacted on the website of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Related Posts

Should Hoof Products Include Formalin

Should Your Hoof Products List Include Formalin?

Adding formalin (also known as formaldehyde) to the foot bath is believed to make hooves harder. But when lameness is an...
Foot Rot Affecting Your Herd

Dairy cow lameness: Foot rot vs. Hoof rot

The term foot rot or ‘hoof rot’ is one that might be used on your farm to describe a sore foot. Before explaining the...
Antibiotic Danger in Milk

Possible antibiotic residues and claw lesions

Residues becoming a concern? Antibiotic residues has been on the radar for a while. Does it really affect our dairy herds...
Where to Find a Hoof Trimmer

Where Can I Find a Hoof Trimmer?

"WANTED: Hoof trimmers! Please contact!" The Hoof Trimmer and his profession are an essential part of a dairy cow's...
Progressive Dairyman Interview

Hoof Trimmers and Veterinarians Can Work Better Together

Dairy producers rely on a number of professionals to help them day in and day out. While each professional works closely...
Canadian Non Antibiotic Medication Hoof Care

Intracare BV Hoof-fit Gel Non-Antibiotic Medication for Cattle

Press release February 25, 2016. Intracare BV produces Hoof-fit Gel: the first Canadian non-antibiotic medication for hoof...
7 Tips Combat Cattle Lameness

Seven Tips for the Best Time Management

Lack of time is the number one reason for not having a preventative hoof care plan in place on our farms. However, some...
Footbath Dairy Cattle

Overview of Cattle Footbath Method on Dairy Farms

A producer recently approached me after starting to question the ultimate success rate of the footbath method. He was also...
3 Factors Excess Hoof Pressure Cattle

3 factors causing excess pressure in the hoof of a dairy cow

Review on the webinar hosted by AHDB Dairy by Prof. Jon Huxley: Watch on YouTube Every farmer has had to deal with lameness...
Cattle Hoof Care Lameness Control Strategies

Lameness Control Strategies: Prevention vs Treatment

I’m sure you’ve run into lameness challenges in the past – or perhaps you’re currently facing some challenges? Or maybe...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This