This workshop is designed to give students an overview of issues relating to lameness management and introduce them to the 5-step trimming process according to the Dutch Method.
The workshop has both theory and practical aspects, so bring your gumboots, overalls, warm clothing, lunch and refreshments.
Certificate on full attendance.
Anatomy and function of the hoof
Animal management and its impact on lameness
Safe trimming techniques
5 Step Process of hoof trimming according to the Dutch Method
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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.
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)
Fred Hoekstra is a qualified professional hoof trimmer who has been working in New Zealand for over 20 years. He holds his instructor’s Diploma in Hoof care from PTC+ in Holland and has been teaching final year Vet students at Massey University for the last 4 years.
Take a moment and watch this video, which is the back story to DHI.
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