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close this bookBasic Husbandry Practices and Veterinary Care (IIRR)
View the documentForeword
View the documentBody parts of farm animals
View the documentNames of farm animals
View the documentFarm animals and their young
View the documentLivestock production
View the documentReproduction of poultry
View the documentBreeding
View the documentCare of calves and kids at birth
View the documentCare of piglets
View the documentFeeding orphaned animals
View the documentNutrition
View the documentDeworming
View the documentVaccination
View the documentCastration
View the documentHoof trimming
View the documentDehorning
View the documentClipping milk teeth of piglets
View the documentDisinfection of pen and equipment
View the documentWaste management and disposal
View the documentPesticides

Hoof trimming

A hoof is the horny part of the feet of cattle, water buffaloes, goats and pigs. Hooves should be trimmed regularly. The hooves of animals kept indoors grow fast and often in irregular shares.


Overgrown and properly trimmed

Trimming the hooves of a large animal

1. Restrain the animal. Cast down wild animals only.

2. Tie the legs together to avoid being kicked.

3. If chisel and hammer are used, the animal does not have to be cast down. Place a leg on a fiat piece of wood (to reduce shock awing hammering)


4. Start trimming at sides, then around the entire hoof Front and sides are normally harder. It should be trimmed up to the level of the hoof.

Trimming the hooves of small animals

1. Restrain the animal.
2. Trim sides with the use of a sharp knife around the entire hoof.

Instruments needed

Large animals

- Chisel
- Hammer
- Piece of flat wood.

Small animals

- Sharp knife.