Do Cows Need Their Hooves Trimmed?

Most farm animal enthusiasts know that horses need their hooves checked and trimmed regularly, but do cows need their hooves trimmed too?

Most cattle farms should have a hoof trimming plan in place to prevent hoof issues and keep them from becoming an expensive and debilitating problem for the herd.

Cows that are unable to walk or run due to overgrown hooves will become easy prey for predators. These cows will also have a harder time getting to their food and water supply.

A cow’s hooves can grow up to 2 inches each year and if they are not trimmed regularly, the animal will experience pain, stress, and even lameness.

The cost to treat the medical issues that hoof overgrowth causes are far more expensive than having their hooves trimmed before they become a problem.