Focus on hoof care – Part 5: Vertical fissures

Focus on hoof care – Part 5: Vertical fissures

In last’s month’s article I focussed on horizontal fissures in dairy and beef cattle. There is a difference between horizontal and vertical fissures, and I want to explain the latter in more detail. A vertical fissure can be described as a fissure or crack on the claw. In the early stages this is only visible…

Focus on hoof care – Part 3: How to select for better feet

Focus on hoof care – Part 3: How to select for better feet

In parts 1 and 2 of this series I explained the factors that influence overgrown feet and how to identify the origin of the problem. I also touched on genetic disorders and how it re-manifests after a trim. This brings us to a frequently asked question: Is it ethical to trim feet?