Although many people see Swindon as a huge, sprawlig metropolis, it is surrounded by delightful countryside and villages such as Hinton Parva, blessed with several picturesque thatched cottages and a Saxon church. On the edge of the village is the National Trust's 'The Coombes', where medieval strip lynchets are preserved in a steep-sided valley. These are evidence of the open fields farming practice of the day and were commonplace among the chalky hills of Wessex. The name comes from the Old English word "hilinc", meaning ridge or mound. The most commonly accepted reason for their use was that in the 13th and 14th century, communities were becoming over populated and land hungry, there wasn't enough easily farmed, low lying arable land to go round, so the hills were scarred with ridges to provide viable farming area where there previously was none. Other explanations are available, but we prefer that one. What we also prefer is to have zero lameness in cattle in the Swindon (or any other) area, so very often find ourselves visiting farms there to provide:
Photo from Featured Project near Swindon
Hoof care plays an essential part in keeping your cattle healthy
Helping to prevent lameness in your cattle is a very sound investment that protects yield and profits while enhancing the welfare of your herd.
At NJB Hoofcare, we not only believe that zero lameness is possible but we also help our farmers to achieve this goal. By carrying out routine assessments and mobility surveys, problems can be picked up early and dealt with before they get serious. With regular preventive trimming, your herd can be kept lameness free.
You can help yourself to a great degree in this too, by training your own people to carry out examinations and perform basic trimming, watchfulness becomes part of the daily routine rather than waiting for a visit.
There are details of forthcoming courses on the calendar page, or if you would like to have an exclusive training day for your own farm, just give us a call or click in the header of any page to send an email.
Our principal area of operation for hoofcare services, trimming, routine preventive work and mobility assessments is throughout Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Monmouthshire. However, to deliver either our one-day herdsman training course, or two to four day advanced training course, we are happy to travel further afield where enough people are interested.