New to the Royal Ulster Winter Fair for 2017, Millfarm Hoofcare will be delivering Hoof Trimming Demonstrations throughout the day.
Millfarm Hoofcare, established in 2008, is operated by Francis Burns, a fully qualified Category 1 Cattle Hoof Trimmer. Covering the west of the province, they provide a hoof care service to farmers which includes, routine trimming and curative trimming. Francis notes that when he started the business the majority of his work was treating lame cows, he has since directed the focus to routine trimming, stating that prevention is better than cure.
Millfarm Hoofcare delivers a practical and theoretical session on hoof care to farmers. Francis developed the ‘Recognising and preventing lameness in your herd’ course which examines: the Dutch trimming method, the most common lesions of a cows foot and how these are caused, treated and prevented, Digital Dermatitis, foot bathing and mobility scoring. The session gives farmers a technical insight into cattle lameness and provides them with practical tools to bring home to start to combat lameness and introduce preventative measures on their farms.
At this year’s Winter Fair, Millfarm Hoofcare will be delivering Hoof Trimming Demonstrations, these will provide a synopsis of the ‘Recognising and preventing lameness in your herd’ course and will consist of trimming live cows as well as an informative PowerPoint presentation. Demonstrations will take place at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Francis Burns from Millfarm Hoofcare will also be available throughout the day for further information.
The Hoof Trimming Demonstrations will be a welcome addition to this year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair, providing information and advice to farmers. Francis Burns commented: ‘There will be top tips to be picked up at the Hoof Trimming Demonstrations at the Winter Fair and practical pointers to bring back home, with a focus on preventing lameness. We want to highlight that prevention is better than cure.’
Visit the Millfarm Hoofcare stand at the Winter Fair at Pavillion 2, stand number P61.