Team Approach to Herd Lameness

October 8, 2020

Virtual CE
9am – 4:30pm
7.2 CE Scientific Credits








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Event Summary

Steps dairy producers can take to prevent lameness and a review of hoof anatomy and hoof trimming performance indicators will be covered during this continuing education opportunity. In addition, treatment options for digital dermatitis will be discussed, as well as considerations for designing dairy facilities to minimize lameness. The day will conclude with a Q&A session with the speaker panel.
Featured Speakers
Nigel Cook

Nigel Cook

BSc, BVSc, Cert. CHP, DBR, MRCVS | Madison, WI

Dr. Miller is a board-certified general and addiction psychiatrist and is certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), he is also a director of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (ACAAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), as well as a past president and board chair of ASAM. In addition, he is a former speaker and director of the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Dr. Miller is currently a clinical instructor in the University of Wisconsin- Madison’s Addiction Medicine fellowship program. He also works as a staff physician with the Drug Court and OWI Court of Rock County, Wisconsin, and is a consultant to AmmonLabs among others.

Karl Burgi

Karl Burgi

Baraboo, WI

A hoof trimmer, hoof-care consultant and instructor, Burgi travels throughout the world teaching hoof health and lameness prevention, while consulting with dairy producers to minimize lameness. After working in the dairy industry for many years, he chose to specialize in hoof health and launched his full-time hoof trimming business, Comfort Hoof Care Inc., in 1989. He quickly realized the industry needed equipment to safely and practically restrain cattle while performing accurate hoof care. He invented the Accu-trim® Leg Restraint System, featured on all Comfort Chutes, to achieve the optimum heel-to-toe view of the hoof. Today, Karl continues to provide hoof care services to small and large farms in south-central Wisconsin. His passion for cows fueled his desire to to continue his education on hoof care by attending schools and conferences, and networking with researchers around the world.
Kimberly Evert

Kimberly Evert

Baraboo, WI

Evert grew up loving dairy cows on her family’s farm in south-central Wisconsin. In May 2015 she obtained her Bachelor’s in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and joined the SAVE COWS team shortly after. Her career has evolved to focus on developing a marketing plan which stresses the importance of hoof health as it relates to animal well-being, in addition to managing the Dairyland Training Program. Evert presented research on proper animal handling systems at the 2019 Lameness in Ruminants Conference in Tokyo, Japan. She enjoys networking with Dairyland’s team of instructors and graduates around the world.
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Event Schedule

October 8 / 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


9:00 a.m. | Program Begins


Three Major Steps to Lameness Prevention

Presenter: Dr. Nigel Cook
  • It’s as simple as hoof care, disinfection and comfort…
  • What role does the veterinarian play in facilitating change?
  • How can we use records to perform checks and balances?

Designing Dairy Facilities to Optimize Resting Behavior and Minimize Lameness

Presenter: Dr. Nigel Cook
  • Designing around the cow’s time budget to ensure adequate time for rest
  • Key areas for remodeling to enhance comfort
  • Where do we put the footbath?
  • Specific requirements for heifer barn design

Hoof Anatomy Review

Presenter: Karl Burgi
  • Practical hoof anatomy that provides the foundation for functional hoof trimming
  • Hoof trimming performance indicators
  • Simple hoof lesion recording system for easy data analysis
  • Practical approach for digital dermatitis control, mindful treatments with results, minimal residue and withdrawal time
  • Hoof health Action Plan for Success

United Dreams Dairy’s Approach to Improved Herd Lameness

Presenter: Kimberly Evert
  • How United Dreams Dairy decided to approach lameness on-farm
  • Our continuous on-farm improvement process
  • What does the data say? Before and after improvements

Q&A with Speaker Panel

4:00 p.m. | Adjourn



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