Advanced Hoofcare

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Would you like to master more than one cattle hoof trimming techniques, while broadening your knowledge on lameness and mobility? This course will teach you the White Line Atlas and 5-Step foot trimming methods, making you versatile when trimming your clients’ cattle. Apply the most suited technique depending on the management and environment the cows are kept in, resulting in improved hoofcare.

Our Advanced Hoofcare course is farm and classroom based and involves a maximum of 4 delegates and will help you develop your confidence to better manage and understand foot trimming from an individual cow to the herd level. By the end of the course, you would have become skilled at two foot trimming methods and cultivated your own farm strategies to assess what your herds’ hoof health status is. You shall be able to benchmark numerous herds and compare their lameness performance.

You shall gain vital experience in evaluating the most suitable environment that either technique can be applied. The course’s key fundamentals will also cover understanding the bio markers and critical control points in the claws and cow’s foot that are required to allow a unified bio-mechanical profile of the foot. The course will also review the anatomy of the foot, as well as aspects of the environment and genetics that predispose in lameness.

Review health and safety principles relating to foot trimming that create a secure setting for the hoofcare professional and the cow. Finally improve your assessment of hoof conditions and base your curative approach on the latest research. Develop a Vision, Skills, Incentives, Resources and an Action Plan in order to tackle your clients’ hoofcare issues.

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Are training groups of six or more delegates not what you are looking for? Our courses run with a maximum of 4 delegates per course guaranteeing your knowledge transfer and your mastering of the hoof trimming technique. By the end of a very educational and enjoyable day, you shall know your stabiliser from your stress claw and be able to balance a healthy foot 50:50 or an ulcerated one 60:40.

Are you an experienced trimmer that need a refresher, or a herdsperson who is just starting, or a college student? Well then, this course is for you!

Learn primarily through practical tuition and some video demonstrations. Practice the:

  • White Line Atlas or 5-Step technique
  • Block application
  • Knife sharpening

There will be a brief skills assessment before the practical session.

We cover the whole of the UK and Ireland, with venues near you. We work around you to find the most suitable course dates.

Your course will be delivered by not simply a teacher, but by a Masterclass Trainer who has nearly 30 years’ experience as a vet, foot trimmer and a CowSignals Master trainer.


Dan & Laura Barber, Pendine, Carmarthen   Dan & Laura Barber:
"Foot trimming course with Sotirios was fantastic. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to be taught a great deal on cattle hoof care. Sotirios is a great tutor and very friendly. We enjoyed the day and gained new skills we can now use on our herd.
Stephen Parsons, Shaftesbury, Dorset   Stephen Parsons:
“Learnt all aspects of how a cow's foot worked. We went through the preventative theory of foot trimming and later the practical side of it. Recommended treatments of lame cows were discussed and demonstrated in practice how trimming would correct these issues for the best result for the cow. I would recommend this course with Sotirios for people interested in getting cows walking correctly.
Charlie Rickard, Truro, Cornwall   Charlie Rickard:
“The foot trimming course was enjoyable and informative. I particularly found the hands-on foot trimming session useful as it has given me the confidence and reassurance to tackle foot problems in my herd.”