ADVANCED HOOF CARE MANAGEMENT COURSE

Five day course

Course outline

This course is aimed at those who are serious about minimising lameness on their farm through gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the contributing factors, as well as becoming competent in the technical aspects of hoof trimming.  If you would like to become a professional hoof trimmer, this course is for you.

This is an intensive 5-day course that covers both the theory and the practice of hoof care and hoof trimming techniques led by our director Fred Hoekstra, who is NZ’s only fully qualified hoof care instructor.

In fact, because of Fred’s vast experience in this field, he’s been invited by Massey University to provide two-day courses in hoof care and hoof trimming to final year vet students, so you can be sure the information is completely up-to-date and highly practical.

There is no prerequisite training required to do the advanced course.

Diploma in Bovine Hoof Care

Following the successful completion of the Advanced Hoof Care Management Course, you can then progress further to gain a Diploma in Bovine Hoof Care.

Examination: Students are able to sit an examination following 12 months of practical trimming experience or on completing a minimum of 400 cows. The Diploma in Bovine Hoof Care will be awarded on the successful completion of practical and theory aspects of testing.  (Note: Additional cost involved)

What you will learn

  • Hoof Care Theory

  • Foot Anatomy and function

  • Recognition and treatment of claw disease

  • Lameness prevention

  • The relationship between Nutrition and Lameness

Hoof Trimming – Best Practice

  • Lameness treatment      

  • Preventative hoof trimming (shaping the claw correctly)

  • Use of angle grinder for hoof trimming.

  • Application of claw blocks

  • Knife Sharpening

  • Hoof Trimming tools and accessories

Costs and location

Location: Course is presented at DHI headquarters and on host farms.
Time: Five days – 8:30am to 5pm
Free Course Textbook: “Foot Care in Cattle”
Cost:$2,499+GST (days to be scheduled)

Our guarantee

This course has been developed and presented over many years by DHINZ
founder, Fred Hoekstra, who is NZ’s only fully qualified Hoof Trimming
training instructor.

That’s why, we provide all of our students with a 100% ‘Satisfaction Guarantee’ that they will improve their skills immediately, saving you a small fortune with lost productivity etc.

You’ll also learn professional hoof trimming techniques that are guaranteed to save you time and physical stress – and of course increase your productivity with this demanding work.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries on
03 662 8015.

Our terms & conditions
In order to secure your place a deposit of 50% of the course fee is required.
The payment of the remaining balance is required on the first day of the course.
If, for any reason, the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded.
If, for any reason, you are unable to attend the course and have paid your deposit we must be notified at least 48hrs prior to the course date and your deposit will then be refunded. If this criterion is not met then your deposit will not be refunded.
What does it include?
  • Morning/Afternoon Tea and lunch
  • The option of 3 x trimming refresher sessions with Fred within the year after completion of Advanced Course (student to schedule)
  • Certificate awarded on completion of all elements of the course (Note: full Attendance for the duration of the course is a requirement)

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04mayAll Day08Advanced Hoof Care Management CourseThis event is now fully bookedEvent Type :Advanced Hoof Care Management CourseDHI Event Region:Canterbury,LOCATION - South Island

07decAll Day11Advanced Hoof Care Management CourseEvent Type :Advanced Hoof Care Management CourseDHI Event Region:Canterbury,LOCATION - South Island

Meet your instructor

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Fred Hoekstra is widely known throughout New Zealand for his skill and experience in hoof trimming and  for his ability to train others in this crucial  aspect of farm management.

Originally from Friesland, Holland, Fred moved out to NZ in 1990 to work on dairy farms but quickly realized that there was an opportunity for raising the standard of Hoof care so returned to Holland, gained his Diploma in Hoof Care from PTC Oenkerk, returning to start his own business.

Fred is passionate about lameness and related issues, and gained his Instructors Diploma in 2011. He is enthusiastic about extending the availability of hoof care training workshops nationwide. He is keen to conduct further research into lameness treatment and the benefits of preventative hoof care.

For the past few years, he has also presented a 2 day course for final year vet students at Massey University on the theory and practice of hoof trimming as part of their ‘Bovine Procedures Special Topic’.

What others gained from this five day course

The 1-day course is invaluable, considering the hours I used to spend doing the hooves incorrectly – it is a day well spent!
– Wiremu Reid – Southland

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.
– Duane Kristensen – Gore

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.
– Neville Harrison – Hawera

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