I can honestly say that I have never had a pedicure. I am not complaining, it is just something I have never done. I guess I am just a little weird about people touching my feet. Cow pedicures...now they are a regularly scheduled part of life around here.
Cows hooves are just like your fingernails. They grow. Some grow faster than others, some grow out nicely and some grow out funky. Most of the time just walking around the pastures and barn, the cows are able to keep the hooves worn down. Occasionally, they need a little help. That is when we call in our hoof trimmer, Joe Litt.
We are gearing up for the North American International livestock Exhibition next month and want to have all the show cattle in tip top shape. A good hoof trimmer can fine tune a cow and help to fix some walking issues that cows may be experiencing due to a wrong angle or too long hoof.
Joe watches the cows as they head for the chute to see what needs to be corrected. If they are toed out a little he can trim a little more off of the inside to help turn that foot in.
Mitchell gets loaded into the chute. He is then strapped in and secured.
The chute gets tilted on its side.
The floor of the chute opens allowing access to the hooves. Joe straps the feet in place to keep everyone safe. The cows don't always enjoy this process, but they are not being hurt at all. The chute is padded and every precaution is taken to keep the animal in the correct placement in the chute and out of harms way.
The mud and manure is scraped off of the hoof. Joe takes this opportunity to check for hoof rot and any other problems.
He pulls out the grinder and starts shaping the hoof.
This is a finished hoof.
The floor is closed back up, the chute is tilted and Mitchell is backed out of the chute. It is dark by the time we get everyone finished.
Here is Mitchell's pretty pedicure. It was dark, so the picture doesn't do it justice.
We are one step closer to Louisville.
Maybe after we get home I will schedule a pedicure for myself. I think I deserve it.
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11/24/2015 03:14:15 pm
I am glad I am not the only one that has never had a pedicure, but makes sure the show calves get their pedi before the big shows. I think I just missed seeing you in Louisville. Darn! Thanks for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party this month!
12/26/2022 03:43:59 pm
Nice blog thanks for possting
5/9/2023 11:39:56 am
Loved reading these stories keep up the great work and thank you farmers world wide for your help feeding every one who loves beef before they go to church
5/31/2023 02:55:19 am
Trimming cow's hooves is an essential aspect of bovine care, and your article on the bovine pedicure provides valuable guidance. The step-by-step instructions and practical tips make it easier for farmers to maintain the hoof health of their cattle. It's commendable that you emphasize the importance of regular maintenance and seek professional help when needed. Thank you for sharing this informative piece!
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Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.