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The mechanics of the foot - Wiltshire

When: February 13th 2019 11:00 to 14:00
Location: BA13 4AP

If you want to reduce lameness in the herd then understanding hoof anatomy is crucial. Join AHDB Dairy and Dr Nick Bell for aGarston Vets practical session which will include dissecting hooves, as well as discussing new research findings in how to protect cows’ feet and prevent lameness. Nick will demonstrate:

  • Dismantling healthy and diseased feet to see the important structures to maintain for good mobility
  • Observe the attachment between hoof and bone – the laminae.
  • Identify the fat pads and compare this structure in healthy and compromised hooves
  • Compare white lines
  • Measure and compare pedal bones
  • Examine sole thickness – what is optimal?
  • Assess digital and interdigital skin – how to prevent digital dermatitis
  • Ideal foot trimming method and timing

We thank Garston vets for their support with this event.

Date:               Wednesday 13 February 2019

Venue:            Chapmanslade Village Hall, Chapmanslade, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4AP

Time:              11:00 – 14:00 (light lunch provided)

Speaker:         Dr Nick J. Bell MA VetMB PhD PG cert Vet. Ed. FHEA DipECAWBM(AWSEL) MRCVS

The cost of attending this meeting is funded via your levy.  Please ensure you register as there are only 25 places.

Please ensure you wear a clean pair of wellington boots and clothing for biosecurity reasons and out of respect for the host farm.

To find out more or book a place, please contact the KE Events hub on 01904 771216 or email

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details