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NJB Hoofcare - Area of Operation in & around Malmesbury

Malmesbury is the oldest borough in England, a status granted by Alfred the Great in AD 880. Long before Alfred there was a 7th-century castle and monastery here on a hill overlooking the River Avon. The Saxon abbey became a famous centre of scholarship and learning. Aethelstan, the first King of All England defeated an army of Scots to claim that title and did so with the help of many men from Malmesbury. As a result, he granted the status Freeman of Malmesbury to a number of them, to be passed down from father to son or son in law. Along with the title, this band of just 280 members, sometimes called "the most exclusive club in the world", title to 600 hides of land south of the town was shared. A "hide" of land was the area considered adequate to support a family at the time. It is rougly equivalent to 30 modern acres. Much of that original 1800 acre gift is still farm land, although the connection between modern freemen and those who actually fought with Aethelstan may be less clear, the spirit is still there. It is fascinating to talk over this and other aspects of history with farmers when we visit Malmesbury to provide:

Photo from Featured Project near Malmesbury
Training and CPD

Training is available for all interested parties at varying levels. You can choose a one or two day Herdsman level or a full, four day Professional level course. The locations are flexible, either on your own farm or at a central location that can accommodate a number of attendees.

The course contents include:

  • Basic anatomy of the hoof
  • Anatomy of the lower leg and its effect on the foot
  • Causes of lameness in cattle
  • Common infectious and non-infectious conditions of the foot
  • Trimming techniques
  • Practical sessions with cadaver feet
  • Preventative measures
  • Cattle welfare and handling while trimming
For details of training events in your area, including course fees, simply click in the header of any page to send us an email.

Cattle Hoofcare & Lameness Prevention/Correction Services Provided in:
  • Routine prevention hoof trimming for dairy herds
  • Herd lameness scoring
  • Corrective hoof trimming
  • Bespoke lameness prevention packages
  • Suckler beef herd and bul hoof trimming
  • Hoof care individual and group training
  • On-site training
  • CPD for farmers