Finding a Professional Foot Trimmer

To find a qualified foot trimmer look on either:

  1. National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers (click here for the find a trimmer page)
  2. Cattle Hoof Care Standards Board (click here for members)

It’s important that your trimmer holds a qualification that demonstrates they have a achieved a level of competence through training and mentorship and they undergo regular inspection of their trimming, either through check days (NACFT) or unannounced spot-checks (CHCSB). You should also ask for references and do your own checks on their trimming skills. 

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A professional foot trimmer will:

  1. Arrive promptly with clean and disinfected equipment which is safe and well-maintained.
  2. Correct claw over-growth to prevent future lameness (and no more, no less for sound cows).
  3. Treat lame cows compassionately and with effective treatments, knowing the limits and when to refer to a vet.
  4. Keep up-to-date with the latest concepts in claw trimming, treatment and prevention.
  5. Leave records, discuss causes of lameness and communicate well on aftercare of cases with all the farm team (including nutritionists, consultants and vets).