A practical sow hoof trimming guide


From proper equipment to correct timing, claw trimming comes with its own learning curve that ultimately can increase sow longevity and make a farm more profitable. 

Approximately 15 percent of sows are culled due to lameness, according to the National Animal Health Management Services (NAHMS). Swine producers that have adopted hoof trimming as part of their management say that it’s an investment that more than pays for itself with fewer culls and more productive sows. But according to researchers, the key isn’t for you to carry around a pair of clippers in your back pocket for emergency trims. The key is to implement a farm protocol that includes both preventative and corrective claw trimming care, starting with careful observation. 

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