Returning to the Royal Ulster Winter Fair this year, Millfarm Hoofcare will be presenting on the importance of Hoof Trimming 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 presenting on the importance of Hoof Trimming and providing a synopsis of the ‘Recognising and preventing lameness in your herd’ course. The Hoof Trimming presentations were extremely well received last year, providing information and advice to farmers and will again be a welcome addition to this year’s event. Francis Burns commented: ‘There will be top tips to be picked up at the Hoof Trimming Presentations 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 Logan Hall, L29.
This year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair will take place at Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park on Thursday 13th December from 9am to 6pm.