(WXOW) - Dairy cows are logging a lot of miles each day and hoof care is an important specialty in the care of cows on dairy farms. In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News, meet a man who's on a mission to keep cows comfortable and healthy.
It may look like a pedicure for cows, but for Swiss-born dairy farmer and hoof care consultant- Karl Burgi, it's a necessary step to keeping cows happy and healthy.
"One of the things about hoof care is that it's not always necessarily the length of the claws, but it's the imbalance between both claws," says Karl, the founder of Comfort Foot Care Inc.
Karl has been trimming cow's hooves for years, and even launched a business called Dairyland Hoof Care Institute, that teaches dairymen in Wisconsin and across the globe the importance of proper hoof care.
"Front feet generally are only trimmed two times a year, where in the back feet sometimes we have to inspect and assess four to five times per year and it's just because to make sure that we're on the preventative mode instead of the treatment mode," says Karl.
Maintaining the foot with routine hoof care to help keep the cow comfortable rather than waiting until there's a problem is what Karl stresses, and farmers agree.
"I'd recommend if you're not on a quality hoof care program, I think that that's a necessity and that you will see immediate results," says Mike Holschbach, the owner of Heatherstone Enterprises.
Dairy farmer Mike Holschbach has Karl make routine visits throughout the year to focus on prevention and early intervention. Karl also travels extensively throughout the states and Europe educating and training others about this important practice. And Mike has seen the benefits as well.
"It's no different than in humans. Healthy comfortable feet help in duration of life, longevity of life and obviously make them more efficient and higher producing animals when they don't have any stresses," says Mike.
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News.
Along with his consulting business, Dairyland Hoof Care Institute, Karl also helped develop Comfort Hoof Care Inc., which manufactures comfort chutes, which hold the cow in place comfortably as her hooves are being trimmed! To learn more about Karl Burgi click here.
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