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NJB Hoofcare - Area of Operation for Castle Combe, Wiltshire

One of Wiltshire's true beauty spots, the delightful village of Castle Combe has been called "The prettiest village in England", and it remains a haven for artists, who come to paint the attractive cottages and peaceful riverside views. Castle Combe was the setting for the original Dr Doolittle film. It also has a very historic motor racing circuit, which hosts international events to this day. You could say that Castle Combe is an area of contrasts, based on that evidence. On one hand, the sleepy English village and on the other, the vibrant, international sporting arena.

Another facet of the area is agriculture. The land around Castle Combe is typical of the rolling Costwold landscape, with perfect looking trees and cattle grazing contentedly while painters paint and onlookers look on. Our own interest in the cattle is to ensure minimum lameness so we often visit farms in the Castle Combe area to provide:

Photo from Featured Project near Castle Combe
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
Course costs are £180 per person per day.

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
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