Cow Comfort with Karl Burgi

Cow Comfort with Dr Karl Burgi

As part of the Murray Irrigation region project, Dr Karl Burgi of Dairyland Hoof Institute, Wisconsin, USA was invited to address our local dairy farmers. Thirty four farmers attended the theory and practical workshops.

The Theory workshop covered a range of topics relating to cow comfort including nutrition, dairy cows daily time budget, animal welfare, causes of lameness and field tested strategies to prevent lameness.

Karl also explored the impacts on a farmers bottom line when sound cow comfort practices were not adopted.

Managing a successful footbath as part of a lameness prevention program was also part of the presentation including design, solutions and scheduling.

The practical component of Dr Burgi's Session was held on Neville, Ruth and Daniel Kydds farm who recently purchased a Comfort Hoof Care Chute (crush) from Karl. 

Dr Karl Burgi

Above:  Dr Karl Burgi demonstrates the ease of restraining cows using a Cow Comfort Chute, 
            recently purchased by Neville and Ruth Kydd.

The Comfort Chutes were developed by Karl to offer a hoof position that allows the operator to most effectively and efficiently perform functional or therapeutic trimming.

Karl then worked on a number of cow’s feet showing the correct techniques of trimming feet.

The farmers feedback was very positive due to the “integrated approach to hoof health” and Karl’s “great broad wealth of knowledge”.

Further information can be found from the notes below:

The Dollar Advantage of Comfortable Cows

Managing a Footbath Successfully