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We are delighted to announce a return of our professional hoof trimming courses and training in July. Due to Covid-19, we had made the decision to temporarily suspend these courses for some time however, they are now back up and running.
The middle of July seen our team making its way to Kildare, for our 5-day professional training course. Joe and his son Kevin kindly hosted this event for us on their farm in Clane. The farm boasts modern facilities and an impressive yard, perfectly situated for hoof trimming courses.
How Do Our Professional Hooftrimming Courses Run?
Our professional foot trimming courses are run in association with Macra Skillnet and the Dairy Training Centre (DTC), Netherlands. Macra members can enjoy a 30% discount on the course, while the expertise of Pieter Kloosterman of DTC is at hand to assist with the training.
The professional hoof trimming course consists of a mix of both practical and theory. The ten course participants from all over the country firstly cover the basics of hoof trimming and ‘The 5-Step Dutch Method.’ A combination of theory and practical trimming allows participants to take what they learn from the on-site classroom and put it to practice on cows. The practical covers a wide range, from routine foot-trimming, to common lesions of the foot. Grinder safety and knife-sharpening are also at the forefront of practical training. You can find more details on the training section of our website.
We have the practical aspect of the course well equipped with Eko Hoofcare supplying three hoof trimming chutes for the week. Participants trimmed cows in an Ekochute Manual, an Ekochute Electro, and a Wopa 39 manual chute. This allowed candidates to gain trimming experience in a variation of machines.
What Will You Learn from Our Professional Hoof Trimming Courses?
By the end of the week the course participants found themselves familiar with the 5-step Dutch method. They could also identify and treat common lesions of the foot. They gained a good grasp of knife sharpening as well as basic grinder safety and use. After the first week, candidates fill out evaluation forms. We will then set up a Whatsapp group chat to allow a good flow of communication and discussion among trainers and particiapants. We will also set dates for the next stage of the professional course. A 2-day check event in the coming months.
We continue to run and are being organise our courses in various locations around the country. We aim to have our hoof trimming courses back up and running across Ireland and the UK soon. To find out more information, you can simply fill out the expression of interest form on our website or call +353 87 090 0360