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Posted June 09, 2010 - 10:14 AM

Thought I'd post a few pics of trimming cows hooves. We used to hire this done, but got too expensive, so Dad & I built a stationary tilt table & have an area dedicated for trimming their feet. You can see how they just walk in. The door in front auto-locks when they push on the partially opened door, thinking they can go on through. Then we have rubber belting with chains attached that sling under their belly, then another behind front legs. The chain links slip into notches in a shaft where we crank it up snug. Then we turn the pump on & hydraulics tilt the table. Then you chain the legs in place & start trimming. The 2 unwrapped feet are the same...before & after shots. The wrapped is where a cow either had a heal wart. Heal warts can bleed on their own, so messing with them almost always causes bleeding, but when finished, she will feel much better instantly. Medical dressings applied, then wrapped with duct tape. This stays on 2 or 3 days, then removed. The unwrapped foot was deformed to where there was no flat bottom, but rather the foot had a rolled shape. When she walked out she walked fine. She was pretty lame beforehand. The wrapped foot was one of the same cow's front feet.

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Posted June 09, 2010 - 02:01 PM

It sure looks like it get's the job done.The trimmed hooves sure look better then before trimmimng.I'am sure if our toe nails were rolled over like that,we'd have a hard time walking.Larry

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Posted June 09, 2010 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the pics. Its neat to see how these things are done.
I rememebr seeing an episode of "Dirty jobs" that had hoof trimming in it..

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Posted June 10, 2010 - 06:38 PM

Thanks for the visual Dan, another "job" on the list of things a dairy farmer has to do....
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Posted June 13, 2010 - 08:47 AM

What you you use to trim them?

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Posted June 13, 2010 - 09:12 AM

What you you use to trim them?



This is the roto-clip for the 4 1/2" grinder. Carbide cutting inserts that I just flipped to other cutting side after at least 6yrs of use on other side. $285
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I use to use the plain steel one, but it dulls quickly & slowed things down bad.
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Posted June 13, 2010 - 09:14 AM

I also use these hand tools.
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