If you are looking for high quality CPD, why don’t you join us in a course with other like-minded professionals? Optimum hoofcare is far from a ‘one size fits all’ solution!
Diverse cattle environments, from extensive grazers to high wear all-year-round housed systems and from the 900 kg Holstein cow to the Jersey with her small feet. With cow’s productivity and longevity in mind, learn to stabilise the foot, by strengthening the white line.
We are the go-to training organisation for the White Line Atlas method. During your training you shall be taught how to assess cow and foot, to take time and see what evidence the animal provides us, with the ultimate aim to let the cow do the work.
A chain is as strong as its weakest link and in this case the weakest component is the white line. To strengthen the white line, we need to keep three layers level, Wall Horn, White Line and Solar Horn. The increased stability of the foot also means that the energy is dispersed evenly throughout it during stance or gait.
A further aim of the technique is to allow the cow to self regulate the wear of the horn on each of the two claws of the foot. When the cow walks, this leads to ‘self-trimming’ of specific high wear, areas of the foot, such as the tip of the toe. This puts on a further responsibility on us to be careful not to remove too much horn from these areas.
During your training not a single foot will be measured for length or angle, instead we shall spend considerable time training our eye for the desirable hoof size and shape. We do this by utilising the various biomarkers from the White Line, to the Heel Fulcrum, Pressure Ridge, Breakover point, Normal Sole Thickness and the Hairlines. We also focus before we trim each cow on assessing the posture and gait. From Thurl placement to hock position and hairlines, all predetermine what shape the hoof will take.
We cover the whole of the UK and Ireland, with venues near you. 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.