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Do Other Hooved Animals Get Their Feet Trimmed?

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  • Do Other Hooved Animals Get Their Feet Trimmed?

    Random thought of the morning that occurred to me while I was out feeding just now.

    I have never heard of anybody having the farrier out or even self-trimming their cows. Granted, I find cows boring outside of hamburger buns, so I haven't paid tremendous attention to cow husbandry. But I've never heard it mentioned at the farm store or in town in conversations, and there are lots of cow farmers around here.

    Even unridden horses can develop very long, uncomfortable toes if not trimmed. Do cows? Or do their hooves not grow?

    What about goats or other hooved nonequids? Do they get trimmed?

  • #2
    yes all things with hooves will at some point in their lives need work
    for entertainment find the "dried hooves" chew toys at somewhere like TSC and read the founder rings ;>

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    • #3
      Yes, cows get their feet done, and foot care in cows is every bit as important as it is in horses.


      • #4
        A friend of ours make s a good living trimming cattle. He has portable stocks that he pulls with his truck - it is an expensive piece of equipment that lifts the cow up and turns them on their side to trim.

        I trim my goats hooves. He doesn't like it, but I do .
        Last edited by hundredacres; Sep. 23, 2012, 10:10 AM.


        • #5
          So interesting. How often are they trimmed?! I can't imagine the cows are all too fond of it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by AliCat518 View Post
            So interesting. How often are they trimmed?! I can't imagine the cows are all too fond of it.
            they don't love it...but they use tilt tables in the headgates for the worst cases and they don't exactly suffer.

            I can and have nipped a bit of here and there but we use toe chisels and not nippers.

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            • #7
              Our cows are range beef cows and never need their feet trimmed, they walk them short and shapey.

              Now, old bulls get lazy and don't do much walking any more and those, if they have a problem, have to be tended to.
              I would say one may need feet trimmed once in his lifetime, another once a year, whatever, depending on the bull and the ground he walks on.
              If a young bull had feet problems that are inheritable, you didn't breed him, so as not to pass that on.

              We had a goat dairy and we trimmed them as needed, some every few months, some hardly ever.

              Good animal husbandry is breeding for good feet and that keeps hoof problems and need to trim down.


              • #8
                You should make an effort to get behind the scenes at a large livestock show - all kinds of critters getting pedicures, including hogs, almost all done on tipping tables. In some ways, cloven hooves are worse than a solid hoof as there can be more and weirder problems including such niceties as foot rot and interdigital cysts.

                I have a pair of ancient cow hoof trimmers here, the long handled ones for nipping off a long toe without having to use a tipping table
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                • #9
                  Not many ranges for cattle around here, so I think trimming is probably more common in this part of the country.


                  • #10
                    My goat gets trimmed monthly...but I think that is the exception. His hooves pronate, and lots of growth goes on.
                    He is getting better(after upteen years) and I can even do it by myself without having someone hold him and feed him to distract him.
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                    • #11
                      When steers were used to plow and pull wagons, they had shoes on.
                      Since their feet are cloven, have two parts to each foot, there where two shoes on each foot.
                      Those shoes look like a fat comma, not like horseshoes.

                      We had some old such shoes around for long time.


                      • #12
                        My sheep get their feet trimmed, but it's pretty easy to do, and doesn't need to be done all that often.
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                        • #13
                          Goats definitely. And they howl like banshees about it!
                          "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                          • #14
                            I trim my goats and my sheep regularly.


                            • #15
                              My former farrier did the zebras at the zoo.


                              • #16
                                There is also flooring/footing that can be used to help cattle hooves self trim (emery board tiles?)


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by hundredacres View Post
                                  A friend of ours make s a good living trimming cattle. He has portable stocks that he pulls with his truck - it is an expensive piece of equipment that lifts the cow up and turns them on their side to trim.

                                  I trim my goats hooves. He doesn't like it, but I do .
                                  Just learned this is how some do cows...I asked the question after seeing a very large bull at the local fair, the guy said they don't like to lift their legs like horses,


                                  • #18
                                    The entire dairy herd (around 80 goats) is trimmed monthly. The does in milk are done on the stand, and the young stock rounded up and taught what the milk stand is all about (yummies and standing still) and they get their feet trimmed.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Epona142 View Post
                                      The entire dairy herd (around 80 goats) is trimmed monthly. The does in milk are done on the stand, and the young stock rounded up and taught what the milk stand is all about (yummies and standing still) and they get their feet trimmed.

                                      We kept about 6-8 from about 12 in milk only and that was plenty to milk by hand.

                                      Ours ran in a little canyon by the house, so they kept their feet nice running around in the sand draws, but needed trimming here and there.


                                      • #20
                                        With sheep we would sit them on their butt, leaning against your legs & trim that way.