Raising the standard of hoof care
We help farmers and industry professionals raise the standard of hoof care by delivering a range of courses and workshops to grow both knowledge and skills.
About Dairy Hoof Care Institute of New Zealand
Dairy Hoof Care Institute of New Zealand is aiming to set the standard for cattle hoof care in New Zealand and Australia.
Fred Hoekstra, DHI’s qualified instructor delivers hoof trimming courses and hold workshops throughout New Zealand to help farmers and industry professionals treat and prevent lame dairy cows.
Lameness is now amongst the top three health issues on the farm and it is costing the industry millions of dollars every year. Our focus is to improve the skill and level of hoof care within the dairy industry to reduce lameness.
We are active qualified hoof trimmers. We currently offer best practice training to farmers in Canterbury, West Coast, Otago and Southland, and in various North Island regions.
To find out more, click one of our four workshops and courses on the right, or if you have any questions or concerns about lameness please feel free to contact us.
WORKSHOPS AND COURSES:
We offer exams which allows successful candidates an industry-recognised qualification
We are in a partnership with the Dairy Training Centre (DTC) in Oenkerk (Netherlands) along with the University of Utrecht (NL) to develop the functional methods of trimming
We teach the curriculum of DTC.
Our Workshops and Courses
Our hoof care courses and hoof trimming workshops help farmers and industry professionals treat and prevent lame dairy cows in their herd.
We teach lameness prevention and hoof care with the most up to date scientific and internationally proven methods.
Meet Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra from Dairy Hoofcare Institute of New Zealand is widely known throughout NZ for his skill and experience in hoof trimming and for his ability to train others in this crucial aspect of farm management.
Fred Hoekstra is a qualified professional hoof trimmer who has been working in New Zealand for over 20 years. He holds his instructors Diploma in Hoof care according to the Dutch method of Hoof Trimming from PTC+ in Holland. This is a method adopted all over the world and is proven to be very effective.
Fred has been teaching final year Vet students at Massey University for the last 3 years on the theory and practice of hoof trimming as part of their ‘Bovine Procedures Special Topic’.
Where it all began
The 1-day course is invaluable, considering the hours I used to spend doing the hooves incorrectly – it is a day well spent!
I finally realise how the hoof becomes damaged and why our procedures can affect the healing process. Also helped me understand the correct hoof shape and how it affects the cows locomotion.
Lame cows are no longer a problem to deal with which makes the job a pleasure and so much safer for the person dealing with lame cows, thus less stress.
I would just like to pass on that we thoroughly enjoyed the workshop we had on our farm, Fred definitely opened our eyes to some of the issues we were having and really made us think outside the box. We are having a meeting with the farm owner to discuss the knowledge we have gained and we are hoping to implement some of the changes sooner rather than later. Please thank Fred on our behalf, to be honest I wished there were more hours in the day or we didn’t have to do arvo milking just so we could do more cows!
It is a really good way to learn all of the things that contribute to lameness and it is explained very well. It also helps to be able to do the practical section and know that someone is there to guide you.
You have no idea how lameness works – do the course. It will change your mind!
Very good, I like Fred’s view on feeding and the health of the hoof.