Members in Pennsylvania, including Dan Leer, Dale Herr, Paul Neer, and Jason Charles, continue to organize a Pennsylvania Hoof Trimming Clinic complete with trimming demonstrations, speakers, vendors, and lunch.
Next Clinic: April 2010, please check back for date, site and agenda.
Photos from past events can be found here. (to be added soon)
2009 Clinic Summary:
Rohrer Dairy in Washington Boro, Lancaster County, PA was the location of the 2009 clinic and what a beautiful spring day for the event. If my memory serves me correctly, someone from New York State was actually there wearing shorts - enough about fashion and weather!
Trimmers/demonstrators Wesley Martin, Kenny Zimmerman, Jason Charles, Jim Zimmerman, Paul Neer, Nathan Beiler and Dale Herr trimmed approximately 60 cows during the morning using a Tuffy-Bilt right layover chute and an Appleton Steel standup chute.
After the trimming demonstration a catered lunch consisting of fresh cold vegetables, meats for deli sandwiches and soft-serve ice cream as dessert was served. Following lunch, the attendees assembled in the farm shop and listened to several speakers. A representative from Lehman Insurance Company spoke about liability and professional insurances and how they might serve us as hoof trimmers. Dr. Jim Edwards from Hoof Zinc gave an informative talk about his products, how they worked and their effectiveness. He provided some personal opinions on the research being done in the dairy business today, but placed an emphasis on more than a one full stride foot bath being the key to a successful foot bath for cattle. Andre Bechvor from Virginia Tech was the featured speaker providing an overview of his eastern European exposure to hoof care and some of his more recent experiences at Virginia Tech and the Virginia area.
Bobby Rohrer, who manages the 1,100 cow dairy, discussed the overall management of the dairy and gave some of their family history in dairying. Dr. Stoltzfus, VMD, who works with the Rohrer’s herd, spoke for 20-30 minutes covering the challenges faced by the dairy during last year’s transition off of BST and the protocols of the herd health management and ration balancing program.
All in all it was an excellent clinic, which ended with the giving away of door prizes provided by local and national sponsors. A big thank you goes out to all of the sponsors and event planners who made the day a great success.