In the 15th century Minehead was still a mainly agricultural area. However, the position of the settlement, on the north coast of Somerset, soon made it a very important fishing port, with herring being the staple local catch. This in turn led to development of the port as an important international trading harbour with ships full of livestock, cotton and wines. However, the advent of bigger ships that needed larger harbours set a downward trend in traffic to Minehead. The local textile industry went into decline and the seal was set on the town's fate as an international port when a great fire destroyed many of the buildings in 1791.
Luckily, at about that time, many doctors were beginning to prescribe stays by the sea to benefit health, so Minehead quickly became a popular resort with health seekers. With the wheel going full circle, there is a good deal of agriculture in the area aroud Minehead and a number of local dairy farmers have come to rely on NB Hoofcare for:Photo from Featured Project near Minehead
Training and CPD
Training is available at varying levels on group or individual basis. 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
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