Sunday, 30 July 2017

US & Canadian hoof trimmers lead the way in data usage in controling lameness

Trip to US with the new All4feet Zone tablet and came back some new ideas from hoof trimmers that are so forward thinking . Great response from the US & Canadian trimmers. A new approach to tackling lameness with detailed data. A greater awareness of using data themselves with benchmarking named farms of quality, sharing data with input and working as a team. But what came across was the requirement of speed in recording. Saving 15 seconds a cow recording on a 120 cow trimming day adds up to half an hour a day saved. The machines, team work and the cow flow is so efficient when watching trimming demonstrations, everything is measured in time and motion.   Hopefully have the Zone tablet on the market in December.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

New employee 

Some of you may have meet the Hoofman new employee Lizzie. Very polite, good with cows, keen to work, learn and gets on well with the Hoofman team. Now learning and gaining experience of lameness on dairy units while working with the hoof trimmers but in the future taking on the evermore demand in mobility scoring and the requirements and standards that milk buyers are demanding.

Lizzie Harding making me a very proud dad

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Customise your Wopa chute

Why not customise your Wopa chute. Come and see the Hoofman chute in action and build a chute that suits your trimming needs.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

First day out and major problem

The remote on the left is my old 3 function that I used on my old  Wopa 51 and the remote on the right is the new 5 function on my new Wopa 51.

Now let me explain! Old remote has "on / off" red and green then button underneath red is yoke close button like the new remote on the right the new remote is also yoke close,  when trimming the next move with the remote is to drop the bar behind the cows rump and after 8 years this is second nature😳😳 ON THE NEW REMOTE  the same button is open yoke. So yesterday I missed the 1st cow and 3 more drawing a hoof trimming session with a large number of cow missing the opportunity to make a quick get away before I rectified the open yoke. 

I would like to apologise to farms I will visit in the next few weeks for a number of cows that are presented for me but missed😬😬😬😬 

Grinders placed

I have three grinders " hand held electric rasp for shaving small chips of hoof from a cows claw by a professional claw technician " set on the crush when working. They are 900 watt Metabo grinders with 6 bit 3mm trim tec discs. All blades all face away from the operated. All grinders are bandaged up so if heavily soiled when working a new bandage can be applied. We have a spare grinder for back feet as that grinder has twice the work load and will need replacement tips sooner than the front two grinders, Aluminium guards are added to protect hands from hoof discharge and all grinders have start buttons on the top of the grinders so for more controlled switching. 

The grinder is placed that what ever the high of the crush the grinder can be easily to hand. 

The front grinders are located best for when the crush is a full height for the trimmer to collect and replace yet still out of the working zone

All sorted

Ready for work tomorrow

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Trial setup

Have at last got the Wopa 51 ready for work and before going out to work I video a trial setup.
The biggest problem I have is the 5 function remote control come off a 3 function, looks like it could be a problem. Excuse the foliage mid screen and the photo bomb by my mate Bo the dog