We Strive to Share

Whether it is through our group workshops, personalized one-on-one sessions, or our articles on our blog, we are always looking for new methods and opportunities to share our knowledge and findings with the world (especially our fellow Canadian neighbours)

Talking with Australian lameness expert Peter Best

Lameness is a problem no dairy farmer can handle alone. As we at Diamond Hoof Care keep saying, hoof health should be a collective industry effort. That is, it should involve education, training, and knowledge sharing. Peter Best, an Australian lameness prevention and...

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Forage banking: no worries over summer feed supplies

As we all know, summer is a very busy time on the farm. It’s also a time when feed supplies get scarce and metabolic stress in cows is more common. In my hoof-trimming days, I had a client who told me that a “forage bank” had helped him eliminate stress on his farm....

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Slippery barn floors? Water to the rescue!

Slippery barn floors can make it quite the challenge to keep your cows on all fours. Concrete surfaces become smooth over time because of general wear. On hot summer days, floors caked with manure can lead to cow accidents and harm. The manure seems to just stick to...

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Sand bedding: does it increase lameness?

Have you wondered whether your switch to sand bedding might be increasing lameness in your dairy herd? If so, you’re not alone in having such thoughts. As one producer recently told me, they converted to sand bedding about a year ago, and it seems as if their lameness...

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Modelling: factors to consider in hoof trimming

Are you a dairy producer who learned the basics of hoof trimming at home? I mean, perhaps your father taught you. He may have told you that the sole of the hoof needs full “dishing out” because this is the hoof form we see in pasture cows in their natural environment....

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How often should I trim my cows?

Today’s burning question: hoof trimming frequency If you ask five people how often your herd requires hoof trimming, you may end up with six opinions. OK, that’s probably stretching it a bit but the fact remains that opinions on this matter vary greatly. When dairy...

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