1st Summer Trimming School
2nd International Hoof Health and Welfare Conference

23-24th September 2021 · Mas Bes Girona (Spain)

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Summer Trimming School

Just one year ago, we held the International Hoof Health and Welfare Conference, with more than 250 attendees from 29 countries, in Zaragoza. A lot of things have happened since this conference and several participants have requested that we organise a conference like last year’s. For this reason, we are glad to announce that we are preparing a new conference, using the experience from last year.

Dates & Programme

Thursday 23rd September and Friday 24th September

Schedule #23rd Sep

REGISTRATION

9:00 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

9:30 LOW STRESS CATTLE HANDLING

  • 9:30 Low stress Cattle handling. General concepts – Jamie Sullivan.
  • 10:00 Low stress Cattle handling in France – Roger Seron
  • 10:30 Thermal imaging and AI-assisted lameness detection in dairy cows –  William Davy.

11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:30 FACILITIES

  • 11:30 Interaction facilities and hoof health – Christoph Mülling.
  • 12:00 Designing the perfect hoof trimming area – balancing cow and trimmer welfare – Courtney Halbach (Remote presentation)
  • 12:30 Robotic milking facility design with hoof health in mind- Courtney Halbach (Remote presentation)

13:00 BBQ LUNCH AND PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

19:00 END OF FIRST DAY

Workshops #23rd Sep

BIOMECHANICAL EVALUATION OF FUNCTIONAL TRIMMING

  • Trim a cadaver foot and have the opportunity to be evaluated by Christopher Mülling.

SURGERY AND COMPLICATED LESIONS

  • How to interpret, treat and manage deep and chronic hoof lesions and perform digital anesthesia by Loris de Vecchis.

LOW STRESS CATTLE HANDLING

  • How to handle easily the cows to the crush with the use of Budbox, high performance barrier – Jamie Sullivan.

RESPECT YOUR ELDERS

  • Demonstration of old trimming techniques and tools by two trimmers that started more than 30 years ago trimming by hand – Pere Malet and Angel Cortinas.

CLAW DATA RECORDING

Is a room for unification of criteria about claw health disorders identification & severity degrees evaluation. The workshop is held by the Working Group for Training and Standardization of claw health and Animal Welfare (GT-FEPYBA).             

The workshop envolved 3 parts:

  • Lesions identification
  • Severity degree evaluation
  • Practical activity to unify criteria

ZINPRO WORKSHOP

  • Reading the foot: how to prevent hoof health problems
    The workshop will demonstrate how to use visual observation of the foot to troubleshoot hoof health problems. It will work through a systematic investigation plan, starting with hoof inspection, with the intention of preventing hoof health problems even before any clinical lesions appear. Dr Huw McConochie & Arturo Gomez, DVM, Zinpro Corporation

Schedule #24rd Sep

8:30 ERGONOMICS

  • Ergonomics – Asier (Witrein): Exercise and Physical Therapy to prevent typical trimmer lesions like tendon and joint pain (practical session). 

9:00 GENETICS

  • Truths and Myths about claw health genetic predisposition. Noureddine Charffedine.

9:30 BUSINESS& EFFICIENCY

  • 9:30 Future of Hoof trimming- where we go? Adrián González Sagües.
  •  10:00 Efficient trim schedules – Jamie Sullivan
  •  10:30 Economics of hoof trimming – Luis da Veiga

11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:30 BUSINESS& EFFICIENCY

  • 11:30 Hoof care area in big farms. The Mexican  experience – Fernando Castillo.
  • 12:00  Working with 3 crushes at the same time. How do we organise it? – Steve Paul.

12:30 PAELLA LUNCH & TRIMMER RIDER CUP

  • PAELLA LUNCH
  • 2nd  Edition of RIDER TRIMMER CUP, Functional Trimming Competition between America and Europe. Contesters: Jamie Sullivan representing America and Loris de Vechis representing Europe. Referee Christopher Mülling. Chairperson Adrián González

15:00 OFFICIAL CLOSURE AND REPARTURE

15:00 TRIM AND FUN

Is your flight departing later or are you going to stay over the weekend?,  don’t worry and stay longer with ANKA GROUP trimmers. Playing with the crushes and sharing experiences in front of a drink in very relaxed environment

Speakers

Hoof Trimmer and Hoof Health consultant: specializing in evidence-based solutions to lameness, cow comfort & stress-free cattle handling. Past President of the Hoof Trimmer’s Association (HTA) in North America.

Courtney Halbach is the outreach specialist for The Dairyland Initiative, an outreach program with the UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine that is dedicated to providing dairy industry professionals with welfare-friendly housing recommendations and lameness prevention tools through a web-based platform and workshops. Her areas of interest include calf and adult cow barn design, positive pressure tube ventilation systems, and automatic milking facility design. She manages the website, which has had over 85,000 visitors since 2016 and hosts the program’s bi-annual workshops, which have attracted 1,930 dairy industry professionals. In addition to performing facility consultations, she conducts research on farms in the areas of automated milking facility design and labor efficiency, and heat stress prevention.

 

Courtney obtained her Master of Business Administration from Edgewood College in 2018 and graduated from Carleton College in June 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Food & Agriculture. Her senior group thesis examined the role of Extension services in promoting regenerative agricultural practices using the diffusion of innovations theory. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, she worked on a commercial dairy farm in Luxembourg where she compared sustainable agricultural practices between the United States and Luxembourg.

Hoof Trimmer and Adjunct Professor from Milano University (Italy)

Christopher Mülling is a veterinarian and a clinical anatomist with a passion for teaching and lameness research. He graduated with a DVM degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Free University in Berlin, Germany, in 1988. After 6 years in a large animal practice, he returned to the Free University earning a German Dr med vet degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Subsequently he received his Post Doc training in Berlin, Cornell and Japan. Since then he has been active with academic research and teaching. In 2006, Mülling accepted a position as associated professor in Clinical Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nottingham. In 2007, he joined the University of Calgary as a professor of Veterinary Anatomy, serving as the associated dean curriculum from 2008 to 2010. He accepted the position of professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2010.

Founder and president of ANKA. He is a worldwide well known veterinarian with more than 30 years experience in hoof trimming, training and cow comfort. He is a teacher of the Master Hoof Care of the University of Florida and honour award of the US Secretary of Agriculture for our education program.

DVM. Master Hoof Care Program (University of Florida). Fernando has worked in the Mexican dairy sector for the past 30 years. He specializes in the organization and design of the hoof area in some of the largest farms in Mexico.

Steve Paul trained as a trimmer in Holland in 1991 and is a fully qualified instructor and inspector (NPTC). A founding member and past president of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers (NACFT), Steve is qualified as a category 1 trimmer, in all Steve has been trimming cows’ feet for over 28 years. He advises and consults on herd lameness across the country and regularly lectures about and demonstrates cattle foot trimming to farmers, agricultural and veterinary students and other industry professionals.

Noureddine Charfeddine born in Tunisia 52 years ago. He has Ph D. in Animal Breeding from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He belongs as Genetic Analyst to the technical department of CONAFE (Spanish Holstein Association) since 1998. He has been involved in many tasks and projects related with data recording and genetic and genomic evaluations. In 2011 has launched I-SAP Project (Claw Health Information for the control and prevention of Lameness in dairy cattle herds). Member of ICAR working group on functional traits and member of ICAR group of Claw health experts who released ICAR CLAW HEALTH ATLAS. He has published several papers on how to improve claw health through a comprehensive action on herd management and animal selection.

Hoof trimmer for thirty years in the North of France, and trainer at L’Institut de l’élevage.

Venue & accommodation

Venue

Venue: Mas Bes Dairy Farm. Found in the heart of the Girona region is Mas Bes, a dairy farm where four generations of the Viñolas family have created an environment for reliving the past and experiencing the rural world. On a farm of 1,200 animals, they milk 550 cows. With four meeting rooms and capacity for accommodating 200 people it is the perfect place for holding a very practical conference.

Driving distances

· 5 minutes from Girona Airport
· 1 hour from Barcelona airport
· 1 hour from the French border
· 15 minutes from Girona
· 40 minutes from Barcelona
· 15 minutes from High Speed Train Station (Girona)
· 20 minutes from Costa Brava (beach). Ideal for combining with family holidays

Accommodation

Please be aware that Girona is a very popular holidays destination so don’t wait for last minute to book your accommodation.

Eden Park by Brava Hotels
Modern hotel 5 minutes driving from the farm and 5 minutes walking from the Girona airport. 10-15 minutes from the city of Girona.

A fantastic outdoor pool surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and a nice terrace. Perfect for sharing a drink and having a relaxed post conference discussion.

The hotel is reserved exclusively for those attending Summer Trimming School with the following prices:

  • Double room for individual use € 65 per night (breakfast included)
  • Double room: €75 per night (breakfast included)
  • Double room + additional bed €101 (breakfast included)

Use the code HOOF when booking

Carlemany Hotel
4 stars hotel in the city center of Girona. Ideal for after conference walk and discover the middle age city of Girona. Driving distance 15-20 minutes from the farm.

Using the promotional code HOOF, you get a 10% discount over the best rate.

Registration

Before 23rd of August

245 **
  • VAT taxes not included on the registration price.

After 23rd of August

280
  • VAT taxes not included on the registration price.

** Members of the associations supporting this initiative (APPB, NAFCT, APIB, ANEMBE, ANPB, VVRP) have a 20% discount on the registration fee (Price €195).
This discount is available until 23rd of August.

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