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Emmet County slates master hoof care workshop

By Staff | Aug 31, 2015

LEWIS – Iowa State University Extension will offer a beef cattle lameness clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis

The Master Hoof Care Workshop is designed for beef cattle producers, feedlot operators, feedlot personnel, and veterinarians.

The workshop will feature Dr. Jan Shearer from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The lab session will provide an opportunity for participants to practice some hoof care skills,” said ISU Extension Beef Program Specialist Chris Clark. “The agenda includes classroom discussion in the morning followed by demonstrations and some active learning in the afternoon lab session. I think the lab activities will really enhance the learning experience.”

Workshop topics include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of common causes of lameness in beef cattle.
  • Basic hoof trimming and hoof knife sharpening.
  • Appropriate use of antibiotics in the treatment of bovine lameness.
  • Application of foot blocks and wraps. Participants will also receive a copy of the “Lameness in Cow-Calf and Feedlot Cattle” manual.

“The material should be helpful for anyone involved in the day to day management of beef cattle,” Clark said. “Lameness cases can sometimes be challenging, and Dr. Shearer will offer insights to help producers better manage feet and leg issues.”

Cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. The event is designed for a limited number of participants. Contact Chris Clark to RSVP at (712) 769-2650, email: caclark@iastate.edu.

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