BC hoof trimmers join Hoof Health Project

Seven hoof trimmers in British Columbia have adopted the Hoof Supervisor® lesion recording system, 6 of these with the help of financial support from Westgen, the BC Milk Producers' Association and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC. A training session, held in Abbotsford on November 19, was designed to familiarize the trimmers with their new computer systems and assure that they are able to consistenly identify the 14 lesions described by the International Lameness Committee. As in Alberta, the trimmers participating in the BC Dairy Hoof Health Project will enroll their farmer-clients who are willing to share their trim records as well as their Dairy Herd Improvement data.

Data from the BC Project will be incorporated into the relational database designed for the Alberta Dairy Hoof Health Project, allowing for expanded analysis of relationships between the incidence of specific hoof lesions and production variables such as parity, stage of lactation and reproductive status as well as climatic and geographic differences between the 2 provinces.

19 November 2021