Lameness is now widely considered one of the top three health issues on the farm, costing the industry millions of dollars every year.
To give our team a greater insight into some of the causes of lameness, we invited Fred Hoekstra to deliver a presentation on lameness at our recent National conference. Our team found his years of practical observations and explanations on the underlying causes of lameness fascinating, thanks again Fred!
The take home message – “Lameness isn’t just a physical issue such as poor races, it’s a complex combination of how we feed and manage our cows.”
The man behind The Dairy Hoofcare Institute
Originally from Friesland, Holland, Fred Hoekstra moved out to NZ in 1990 to work on dairy farms but quickly realized that there was an opportunity for raising the standard of hoof care so returned to Holland, gained his hoof trimmer Diploma in Hoof Care from PTC Oenkerk, returning to start his own business as Veehof Dairy Services.
Fred is passionate about lameness and related issues, extending his hoof trimming business to importing and supplying hoof care equipment, and having gained his Instructors Diploma, is enthusiastic about extending the availability of hoof care training workshops nationwide. He is also keen to conduct further research into lameness treatment and the benefits of preventative hoof care. He is currently the president of the NZ & Australian Hoof Trimmers Association.
If you would like to learn more about how you or your team can gain new skills and understanding in hoof care, then visit Home – Dairy Hoofcare Institute.