We still have a little bit jet-lag from our flight back home from USA. We have attended to the Hoof Health Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Organized by the Hoof Trimmers Association.
It is a nice event to learn, share experiences and meet old friends and make new ones. In this edition we could review our anatomic knowledge with Prof. Charles Guard, from University of Cornell, discuss during Dr. Gerard Cramer’s lectures (University of Minnesota) about use of antibiotics as topical treatment and lameness detection. Learn with Sarah Pedersn’s experiences that in cronical and severe cases podal amputation is not the only alternative, we can make them heal (actually, there are some similar cases in this blog 😉 ). Prof. Shearer explained well why topical treatments seem to be not so profitable as we expect in hoof lesions healing process, because they may cause irritation and toxicity in exposed corium. Dr. Jennifer Walker trained us in managing a hoof trimming busines, taking in account relationship with customers and work team; and making changes in good direction.
Photo: ANKA Team and colleagues having lunch with Prof. Charles Guard and Gerard Cramer.
The third day we visited a dairy farm, to see demostrations from different equipements. Expending a day ina a farm is a good enviroment and generates different and interesting discussions about hoof trimming protocol and tips between professionals.
After the last dinner in cofnerence, there took place an auction, a tradition in this event. We brough some stuff related with the Running of the Bulls, including two vasque caps that became trending topic…it is not usual to see cowboys wearing them!