Editor's note: This item ran in the October 2010 issue of Dairy Herd Management.
Despite poor economic times, Circle H Dairy in Turlock, Calif., has chosen to keep up its regular hoof-trimming schedule. “By maintaining our weekly hoof-trimming schedule, we are able to keep a very low level of lameness,” says Victor Palato, herdsman at Circle H Dairy.
The decision to maintain its hoof-trimming schedule, despite economics, is not the same at every dairy, says Juan Pasillas with Pasillas Hoof Trimming in Delhi, Calif. “Everyone is trying to save money, so they stop hoof-trimming, but in reality they are losing a greater amount of money because they stopped.”
Pasillas notes that the hoof-trimming bill is one of the cheapest bills on the dairy, because finding or preventing one lame cow will pay for the hoof-trimming bill for the entire month. Pasillas says that Circle H Dairy is one of the few dairies out of 27 customers that has not changed its hoof-trimming schedule. And the herd has the lowest number of lame cows among his customers. The dairy trims an average of 35 cows per week, and out of this number there are only one or two cows that need treatment, on average.