Show Cattle Hoof Trimming

— Written By Deborah Hunter
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As calves grow, their hooves grow with them. Show cattle are not like commercial cattle show cattle are kept in a smaller area and are unable to wear their hooves down. This means that the hooves can grow long and become uncomfortable for calves. Hoof trimming can prevent this. Hoof trimming is an important component of owning show cattle and can greatly impact show ring success.

Calf’s hooves should be trimmed two to three times during your show season. If you notice that your calf’s hooves are getting longer, it may be a good idea to reach out to your hoof trimmer.

You should schedule hoof trimming around shows. Hoof trimming can sometimes make a calf’s feet tender and susceptible to bruising from large stones or other debris. Since some calves may have more tender feet than others, you should always try to trim your calf’s feet at least two weeks before a show. This will prevent any bruising that could lead to limping on show day.

The Macon County 4-H Livestock Club will be showing at the upcoming North Carolina Junior Beef Roundup in Fletcher NC, on August 7, 8 & 9. In preparation for the show, 4-H Show Steer Navy, shown by Cayden Hunter, had his hooves trimmed. Steve Ledford trimmed Navy’s hooves for him.

Macon County 4-H wants to give Steve Ledford a big thank you for donating his time and talent and Isaac Wallace a big thank you for donating his time and helping Steve.  Its volunteers like these that help 4-H’ers put the 4-H motto into action “To Make the Best Better”.

Show Steer Hoof Trimming