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Diamond Hoof Care
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The leading edge on hoof care & digital dermatitis control.
The leading edge on hoof care & digital dermatitis control.

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Have you ever heard of "forage banking" and its impact on hoof health? Watch this short video and visit our website for details: http://bit.ly/2japXzI #AllAboutHooves
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How does heat stress affect the hooves of dairy cows?

Heat stress in your herd can be more severe than expected. The best way to get an idea of how the heat affects your herd is to monitor the animals’ behavior. She will search for the most comfortable place in her environment when temperatures are rising. How does heat stress affect the hooves of dairy cows?
Most often, they stand for longer periods when it is hot, as this lets them catch a breeze and cool off a bit. However, the four hooves of a cow can’t take standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time. She’s already dealing with waiting times before milking, eating, etc., and the hot weather might just tip the scales towards lameness problems.
Read our blog on how to prevent and manage heat stress to avoid unnecessary hoof challenges.
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"Over the past years, researchers at the University of Calgary have been working to develop a practical way to routinely identify and treat painful DD lesions in the milking parlour. The next challenge was to determine whether treating lesions in the parlour could be practical and effective. Their research produced very encouraging results and showed the spraying method is successful in optimizing hoof health.
One question may be: “Why bother to spray during milking and what are the real benefits?” Here are a few benefits:
1. A clean and consistent solution for all hooves in contrast with the footbath method, where the last cow gets the dirtiest solution (and she is usually your lame cow).
2. A weekly focus allows finding and detecting new lameness cases promptly, whereas a footbath protocol often lacks this focused approach.
3. Lower volume of product usage delivers a better ROI. Read our blog post on lameness control by using two approaches."
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This unit was converted into a practical tool to care for slippery floors in the summer months. Video and details http://ow.ly/Uchh30bEk7Y
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Hoof trimming tips: how far should we model a cow hoof?
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Heat Stress Affects Unborn Calves. Cooled dry cows simply calve in better and perform better.
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Increase Vitamin E to Older Cows During Heat Stress.
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The first preventative trim should come before a heifer ever enters a milking parlor.
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Also cow specific factors have an impact on Hoof Care. Providing proper cow care is the key to prevent lameness.
http://ow.ly/Ta4z30aS2Ze
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Hoof rot and the grim reality of elk in Washington. Digital dermatitis is believed to be the cause of “hoof rot”.
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