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Healthy cows are productive and profitable and lameness can have a major impact on a cow's ability to perform well in a herd. For this reason, the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will offer a highly interactive hoof care workshop to help even astute cow gurus identify common on-farm hoof health issues and develop the best treatment protocols to address them.

These workshops will be held over three days in three locations around Wisconsin beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. The dates and locations include:

■· Tuesday, April 12 — Wilderness Resort – Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells;

■· Wednesday, April 13 — Holiday Inn Eau Claire South, Eau Claire; and

■· Thursday, April 14 — La Sure's Hall, Oshkosh

The training will be led by industry expert, Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and the pioneer behind the Dairyland Initiative. Co-presenting is Dr. Gerard Cramer, DVM, DVSc, an Associate Professor from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Attendees will study foot lesion treatment protocols and hone their abilities to identify lameness with locomotion scoring.

Dr. Cook and Dr. Gerard will share three recent herd case studies with the group. Each group will examine these real on-farm case studies and develop a hoof health program based on herd needs. The case studies will enable group learning through assessing farm hoof health and developing a plan to improve it.

During the group interaction, participants will explore the potential of better hoof care records, proper footbath design and maintenance and the role that flooring and proper animal movement and handling can play in reducing lameness.

This workshop is open to dairy owners, herdsmen, nutritionists and veterinarians and pre-registration is required. To learn more about the April PDPW hoof care workshops, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.

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