Hoof care is an important aspect of animal production and management. Hoof diseases can affect the health and welfare of animals and have a negative effect on productivity. Hooves should be regularly checked for disease and excess growth. Animals which have excessive hoof growth, recurrent hoof problems and/or fail to respond to treatment should be culled.
Hoof growth — and thus, the need for hoof trimming — is affected by many factors, including breed and genetics, soil moisture and characteristics, management and nutrition. Proper foot rot or foot paring shears are essential to doing the job properly. Veterinary Equipment, manual shears are not expensive and make the task so much easier. A sharp paring knife is needed to remove pockets and do a more thorough job of hoof trimming, especially when disease organisms are present.
Foot trimming can be back-breaking work if there are a lot of animal’s feet to trim. There are various types of handling equipment that can restrain the sheep for easier access and trim. A tilt or turntable will hold the sheep upright or on its side. There are manual and automatic (electric) tilt tables available. An elevated platform with a head gate can also restrain a sheep for hoof trimming, as well as other management tasks. A sheep or deck “chair” is a less expensive way to restrain a sheep for hoof trimming. When specialized equipment isn’t available, the sheep is usually tipped onto its rump for hoof trimming.
When trimming feet, avoid stressful times such as hot weather or late gestation. It’s a good idea to combine hoof trimming with other management tasks, such as shearing or vaccinating. It will be easier to trim hooves that are soft from heavy dew or rain.
We at Veterinary Equipment supply Hoof trimming instruments. Please write to us for more details.