About Us

Cow Hoof Trimming and Freeze Branding Specialists

The Hoofman specialise in cow hoof trimming. Professionally known as Bovine Claw Technicians, who’s main aim is to correctly trim and balance the weight bearing surface on the bovine hoof. Hoof trimming cows is done in order to correct posture, mobility and/or alleviate pain, using specialist tools and equipment. This in turn promotes better animal welfare, performance and profitability by trained and qualified operatives.

The Hoofman Ltd started in the business of cow hoof trimming in 1995 when Charlie Harding attended a 4 day Dutch Claw Trimming course at the Willows Vet Practice in Cheshire. The first year he performed cow hoof trimming on 769 cows in total then the next year he purchased one of the first hydraulic trimming crates and started to increase his hoof trimming throughout and knowledge of cow claw ailments. The Hoofman Company to date have purchased over 22 Wopa contractor model crushes and 2 KVK 1-800 employing up to 9 employees trimming over 65,000 cows a year and branding 15,000

In 1998 Charlie joined the newly formed National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers and soon became an active member on the committee. The main aims of the Association have been to bring together cow hoof trimmers and interested parties to disseminate information especially in the light of the present welfare changes in farming. The Association has continually increased in credibility and is recognised and respected by The Veterinary Associations, Animal Welfare organisations and cow Hoof Trimming Associations from around the world. The Association has improved professionalism within the trade and encouraged foot trimmers to take their training further. Bovine Claw Technicians are now reassessed every 2 years to correct bad habits and to encourage a better standard of hoof trimming.

In April 2018 Charlie sold the hoof trimming part of the Hoofman company to Shropshire Hoof Care keeping his own chute to move into hoof care and management as well as build on his freeze branding business and promoting his All4feet hoof recording program.

The aim of The Hoofman Ltd is to work with the dairy farming industry, to provide a fast and effective cow hoof trimming and freeze branding service with the most up to date equipment and highly trained technicians.

We provide detailed report sheets for the farmer over the internet giving detailed lameness report % and high lighting ailments so the farmer, nutritionists and veterinary team can improve their margins . However it must be remembered that our reports do not constitute veterinary advice and the comments made should always be considered together with advice from farmers own veterinary surgeon.

These reports of course are helpful to the dairy farmer as a resource for Farm Assurance bookkeeping. With up to date technology farmers can now “login” in to our website and download foot reports as required.

We will aim to get your foot reports online within 24 hours of our visit taking place, wherever possible. You can then download the reports on to your PC and see them on your smart phones and tablets. If necessary let your herdsman, nutritionist and vet  see the reports as appropriate.

We believe in promoting welfare and improving locomotion of dairy cattle and to give farmers a greater margin and a less stressful business. As we all know a lame cow is not a profitable cow as lameness affects fertility and milk yield and in turn affects your profit.