Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a beef cattle lameness clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, Iowa. ISU Extension beef program specialist Chris Clark said the Master Hoof Care Workshop is for beef cattle producers, feedlot operators, feedlot personnel and veterinarian, and will feature Dr. Jan Shearer from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.
“The lab session will provide an opportunity for participants to practice some hoof care skills," Clark said. “The agenda includes classroom discussion in the morning followed by demonstrations and some active learning in the afternoon lab session. I think the lab activities will really enhance the learning experience.”
Workshop topics include diagnosis and treatment of common causes of lameness in beef cattle, basic hoof trimming and hoof knife sharpening, appropriate use of antibiotics in the treatment of bovine lameness, and the application of foot blocks and wraps. Participants also will receive a copy of the “Lameness in Cow/Calf and Feedlot Cattle” manual.
"The material should be helpful for anyone involved in the day to day management of beef cattle,” Clark said. “Lameness cases can sometimes be challenging, and Dr. Shearer will offer insights to help producers better manage feet and leg issues.”
The registration fee of $50 per person includes lunch. Because the workshop is designed for a limited number of participants, preregistration is required. Those interested in attending should register early to secure a seat. To register or for more information, contact Clark at 712-769-2650 or by email at email@example.com.