Hoof Health & Nutrition

Nutrition affects more than just the cow’s digestive system. The effects of an imbalanced diet can be seen throughout the animals’ body. Of particular interest are concentrates, such as grain-based feed ingredients, that typically contain high amounts of sugar and starch.

In the factsheet Hoof Health & Nutrition, UW-Extension Brown County Agriculture Liz Binversie discusses diets and the importance of fiber and rumen balance, and minerals and vitamins to hoof health.

Hoof Health & Nutrition is one of several factsheets in a hoof health series called “Walking Strong” developed by UW-Extension Dairy Team members.  Other factsheets include:

For more information regarding hoof health and/or animal well-being, visit UW-Extension Animal Well-being and Herd Health.

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